Woody Allen On Writing, Work Ethic & Eugene O'Neill
Multi-award-winning actor, writer and director Woody Allen discusses the artistic process as well as his own literary, theatrical and film inspirations as part of a new interview in promotion of the new Broadway musical adaptation of his hit comedy BULLETS OVER BROADWAY.
Reiterating his famous phrase that happiness is impossible, Allen states, "This is my perspective and has always been my perspective on life. I have a very grim, pessimistic view of it. I always have since I was a little boy; it hasn't gotten worse with age or anything. I do feel that's it's a grim, painful, nightmarish, meaningless experience and that the only way that you can be happy is if you tell yourself some lies and deceive yourself."
Would others disagree? Allen says it makes no difference.
"But I am not the first person to say this or even the most articulate person. 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. If you look at life too honestly and clearly, life becomes unbearable because it's a pretty grim enterprise, you will admit," Allen relates.
Furthermore, Allen shares of his work ethic, "I simply enjoy working. Where else could I develop ambition? As an artist, you are always striving toward an ultimate achievement but never seem to reach it. You shoot a film, and the result could have always been better. You try again, and fail once more. In some ways I find it enjoyable. You never lose sight of your goal. I don't do my job to make money or to break box office records, I simply try things out. What would happen if I were to achieve perfection at some point? What would I do then?"
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