Woody Allen est-il un troll? On peut se poser la question quand on voit la façon dont-il parle de sa future collaboration autour d’une série avec Amazon. Cela peut malgré tout se prendre au second degré. Il est en effet naïvement possible de se dire que Woody Allen a du second degré et qu’il s’amuse à jouer l’idiot. Mais dans un autre cas, celui qui se lit sous l’angle du 1er degré, cela montre que Woody Allen n’a pas la moindre idée de ce qu’il va rendre et que la qualité du produit final risque d’être pour le moins particulière… le site Deadline rapporte la chose tel quel pendant une interview avec Woody Allen:
ALLEN: I don’t even know what a streaming service is; that’s the interesting thing. When you said streaming service, it was the first time I’ve heard that term connected with the Amazon thing. I never knew what Amazon was. I’ve never seen any of those series, even on cable. I’ve never seen The Sopranos, or Mad Men. I’m out every night and when I come home, I watch the end of the baseball or basketball game, and there’s Charlie Rose and I go to sleep. Amazon kept coming to me and saying, please do this, whatever you want. I kept saying I have no ideas for it, that I never watch television. I don’t know the first thing about it. Well, this went on for a year and a half, and they kept making a better deal and a better deal. Finally they said look, we’ll do anything that you want, just give us six half hours. They can be black and white, they can take place in Paris, in New York and California, they can be about a family, they can be comedy, you can be in them, they can be tragic. We don’t have to know anything, just come in with six half hours. And they offered a lot of money and everybody around me was pressuring me, go ahead and do it, what do you have to lose?
DEADLINE: So you said yes…
ALLEN: And I have regretted every second since I said OK. It’s been so hard for me. I had the cocky confidence, well, I’ll do it like I do a movie…it’ll be a movie in six parts. Turns out, it’s not. For me, it has been very, very difficult. I’ve been struggling and struggling and struggling. I only hope that when I finally do it — I have until the end of 2016 — they’re not crushed with disappointment because they’re nice people and I don’t want to disappoint them. I am doing my best. I fit it in between films, so it’s not like, no film this year, I’m doing Amazon. It’s a job within my usual schedule. But I am not as good at it as I fantasized I might be. It’s not a piece of cake; it’s a tough thing and I’m earning every penny that they’re giving me and I just hope that they don’t feel, ‘My God, we gave him a very substantial amount of money and freedom and this is what he gives us?’
DEADLINE: But haven’t you just voiced the anxiety and insecurity that fueled your entire creative career?
ALLEN: I hope it’s just the anxiety again, but this is hard. I’m like a fish out of water. Movies I’ve been doing for decades, and even the stage stuff, I know the stage and have seen a million plays. But this…how to begin something and end it after a half an hour and then come back the next time. It’s not me.
DEADLINE: You really regret that deal? ALLEN: Oh, it’s amazing how you can regret. I haven’t had a pleasurable moment since I undertook it.
Je ne sais pas pour vous, mais si j’étais un des patrons d’Amazon, mon inquiétude serait grande en lisant ce genre d’interview de Woody Allen…