Saturday, May 15, 2010

Woody Allen Advises Lies and Self-Deception

Woody Allen is in Cannes to showcase his new movie You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. He has a few thoughts on life:

"I do feel that it's a grim, pitiful, nightmarish, meaningless experience. The only way that you can be happy is if you tell yourself some lies and deceive yourself, and I'm not the first person to say this or the most articulate person on it. It was said by Nietzsche, it was said by Freud, it was said by Eugene O'Neill. One must have one's delusions to live. You look at life too honestly and clearly, life does become unbearable, because it's a pretty grim enterprise, you must admit."

And what could be making Woody Allen's life so unbearable? In his words:

"You can imagine how frustrating it is when I do these movies with Scarlett Johansson and Naomi Watts, and the other guys get them. And I'm the director. I'm the, you know, that old guy over there is the director. I don't like that. I like being the one that sits across from them in the restaurant and looks in their eyes and lies to them."

That's a hard life, Woody.

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