Entertainment behind the scenes
Writer-director Woody Allen doesn’t mince words when expressing the anxiety he feels about aging and death.
In a typically blunt, near-two minute tirade, seventy-four-year-old Allen, said he sees no advantage to the golden years at all.
“You shrivel, you become decrepit, you lose your faculties, your peer group passes away. You sit in a room gumming your porridge. I don’t see any advantage in this whatsoever,” he told reporters at a Toronto Film Festival press conference for his “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger,” which opens in theaters on Sept. 22.
“It’s a bad situation. It’s a joke without a punch line. It’s an unpleasant thing. It’s kind of a nightmare. The best thing you can do … is to distract yourself. You do all these things that distract you and keep you from thinking about the tall, dark stranger that comes and gets you despite all your efforts to, you know, eat health foods and exercise.”
Anthony Hopkins has done his dance with Oscar. In 1992, he won the first time he was nominated for the award, playing serial killer Hannibal Lecter in thriller “The Silence of the Lambs.” Since then, he was nominated for Oscars three more times but never won.
So he clearly knows a thing or two about Hollywood’s highest awards ceremony, which will happen on March 7, and to hear him describe it, you would say that he’s leery of the whole thing.