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In an interview given to Deadline Hollywood, Woody Allen commented, “I don’t own a computer and also regretted that fact of signing a TV series with Amazon.” Although people may frown upon it, the fact that a person can be creative even without a computer is true. Nowadays, the Internet rules the world and computers have brought the world closer, but it is quite difficult to find a person who does not own a computer.
The 79-year-old director/actor has made many well-known films, such as Cassandra’s Dream, Take The Money and Run, Love and Death, and starred in The Front, Sleeper, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex, Play it Again, Sam and many more. He was a stand-up comedian in the initial days of his career, but later on he undertook several intellectually stimulating works. Many of the fans of Allen’s were surprised to hear that he does take any help from computers, especially because of his high stature.
The interview given to Deadline Hollywood also revealed that Allen regrets some of his previous decisions, like signing a TV series with Amazon, besides not knowing computers. He said that his TV series would be a cosmic embarrassment and the foray into this segment of the industry would be a disaster. He said, “It was a catastrophic mistake for me. I’m doing my best with it.” He added that he is basically struggling to cope with the new format of the work and conceded the fact that it is hard for him. He went on to say, “I have regretted every second since I said OK.”
To put this in context, Allen signed a deal with Amazon.com to write and direct a series for the technology giant’s streaming service. However, a point to mention is that the director did not even know the meaning of streaming service until recently. He said, “I don’t even know what a streaming service is, that’s the interesting thing.” According to the famous director/actor, Amazon representatives were very friendly and had a nice disposition while they were trying to convince the director to sign the project.
So, it is not far-fetched to draw the idea that the 79-year-old actor is far from a seasoned technology user. Nevertheless, the quality of work he has been doing so far is extraordinary and the Hollywood industry is definitely lucky to have such a personality in its sphere.
It is difficult not to link these two apparently separate events. The fact that Allen does not know computers may be responsible for his regret of accepting the deal with Amazon. The amount of information which the present day computer connected to the Internet can provide is humongous. Be it any field or sphere of society, such as sports, glamour, household, art, history, television and entertainment, computers are a crucial source of knowledge. If he had known how to use a computer and consequentially the Internet, then he would have definitely researched the different types of television series.
Moreover, the Internet is perfect when it comes to TV series, as it is a popular way to enjoy weekend evenings in the country. However, this lack of knowledge on his part may have been responsible for this disastrous career decision. According to the 79-year-old director, there is a huge difference in filming a movie and a series. There are many sources over the Internet which provide comprehensive knowledge on filming a TV series, and also present the disadvantages. Therefore, the Internet could have made him aware of these disadvantages easily.
Nevertheless, it takes a lot of courage to accept one’s own faults. Having recognized that, Allen also agreed to the fact that he does not belong to the future generation. He commented on people who watch movies on iPads and phones, saying, “They are the future and I’m not.” Hence, may be it is the lack of knowledge of computer on Woody Allen’s part which makes him regret his signing of a deal with Amazon.
Opinion By Sunando Basu
Reuters: Woody Allen says his TV series will be a cosmic embarrassment
Times Union: Woody Allen premieres Irrational Man regrets Amazon show
CNET: Woody Allen I don’t own a computer
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