On his Sirius Satellite Radio show this morning, Howard Stern briefly talked about how a year ago he was offered a starring role in a film opposite Woody Allen. The discussion came about in response to a caller’s question if Stern would ever work with Woody Allen.
“From a creative standpoint, I would love to work with Woody Allen,” Stern said. “But from a moral standpoint I got a problem. There’s a million women in the world… [but what Allen did] that’s just creepy and dark.”
Stern is referring to the much publicized break up with Allen and Farrow’s longterm relationship when Allen began seeing one of Farrow’s adopted children, Soon-yi Previn. There is a 34 year age gap between Allen and Previn. At the time of the breakup, Stern was very vocal about his feelings on the matter. As a ‘Thank you’ for his support, Farrow made a cameo appearance in Stern’s 1997 autobiographical comedy Private Parts.
Stern does admit that his admiration for Allen makes the project still sound tempting to do.
“I got to be honest with you though, now that I’m sitting here thinking about it, I think I would throw almost all of my morality out the window and maybe I would have done this movie. But you know, at the end of the day…”
While he went to say that he wasn’t sure he could give details of the proposed project’s plot, Stern did reveal that it was not something that Allen wrote. He also said that Allen had already agreed to the project.
“I think it would have been brilliant,” Stern enthused. “It was a very funny idea. If you heard the premise of the movie, you’d laugh your ass off. If I said it to you right now, you’d say ‘I have to see that movie.'”
While Stern has on occasion mentioned that he continues to get offers for movie appearances, today’s revelation was one of the rare times he went into any detail. Given that Allen is reticent to appear in anything he hasn’t written or will be directing himself, makes this never-happened project all the more fascinating.
“I have mad respect for his gifts and talents,” Stern stated. “But geez, that’s a f***ed up, dark place he went to. If Woody Allen captured Osama bin Laden, maybe I could forgive him.”
I side with Stern when it comes to Woody Allen. I greatly admire his talents – Love And Death is still one of the funniest comedies every made – but have real problems with how he has conducted his personal life.
Still, the cinematic collision of these comedians is in intriguing. While their styles of comedy are different, both their comic sensibilities stem from their own neuroses and are informed by their upbringing in the New York City area. (Allen was reared in Brooklyn while Stern grew up in the Long Island community of Roosevelt.) It must have been one amazing script that was able to interest these two.
If anyone has any further information on this project, please pass it along.