Owen Wilson shines in 'Midnight in Paris'
Woody Allen is synonymous with quirky and provocative screenwriting, bringing to the silver screen great studies on the human condition.
Woody Allen is synonymous with quirky and provocative screenwriting, bringing to the silver screen great studies on the human condition. Just as unorthodox are his filming and direction techniques - as Owen Wilson, who plays screenwriter Gil in Allen’s latest movie ‘Midnight In Paris’, discovered on the Parisian film set.
Wilson found that Allen likes to shoot three-minute scenes in a single take, rather than the typical way of breaking up scenes into numerous shots.
“It gives you that feeling of adrenaline like when you’re playing a sport,” says Wilson. “You know that you have to get it right and you won’t have all these different chances. It makes you concentrate more.”
‘Midnight in Paris’ is the story of a young engaged couple who take a trip to the French City of Light and the experiences they have there that change their lives. Gil falls in love with the French capital, as the film explores the illusion that a life different to one’s own is much more attractive. The movie has been well received by critics and resulted in 76-year-old Allen taking home an Oscar for best original screenplay.
In the movie, Rachel McAdams joins Wilson for the second time on screen - they were paired in the 2005 comedy ‘Wedding Crashers’ - and France’s first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy was even sweet-talked into making an appearance by Allen. While chatting with Bruni, Allen found the celebrated singer-songwriter and performer so charming and beautiful that he decided, on the spur of the moment, to offer her the part.
“I told her, ‘I won’t take much of your time, you won’t have to rehearse - just come in for a couple of days and shoot’,” says Allen. Much in the vein of the film’s escapism theme, it was a chance for the musician and model, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy to step outside of her very public life for a day.
Allen adds:“She said, ‘Yes, it would be fun. I’d like to be able to tell my grandchildren I was in a movie, just for the experience’.” Wilson was impressed by how down-to-earth first lady Bruni-Sarkozy was.
“She was so gracious and nice to me and to all the crew,” he says. “She’s a great ambassador for the country.”
‘Midnight In Paris’ will open in cinema across the UAE tomorrow.