Allen says Bruni wants to show film debut to grandkids
Woody Allen said Wednesday that French first lady Carla Bruni told him she wanted to show her big-screen acting debut in his latest romantic comedy "Midnight in Paris" to her grandchildren.
Allen said Bruni, whose last-minute announcement she would skip the red-carpet premiere at the Cannes film festival fuelled rampant rumours that she was pregnant, was a natural in her cameo as a museum guide.
"One morning I was invited to have breakfast with the Sarkozys and she walked into the room and I thought she was very beautiful and very charming and charismatic and I said, 'Would you like to be in a movie, just in a small role, just for fun?'," he told reporters.
"And she said she might enjoy it because 'I would like to tell my grandchildren some day that I was in a movie'. So I said fine and she showed up and she was everything that I thought she would be."
He said the Italian-born singer and former model's experience as a performer served her well for her few scenes on screen.
"She's not a lawyer or a diplomat even though she's married to a political man. She's from a show-business background. She's a singer, she plays guitar and she has a theatrical feel," Allen said.
"And so she came in and did her part very gracefully. I didn't have to talk her into it very much as long as I told her I would be finished with her quickly," he said, citing her busy schedule.
He said Bruni liked the movie, which critics applauded at an early preview on the opening day of the festival.
"She was very delighted with how she came out and very happy with how the cameraman photographed her, which is very important to many actors and actresses. In a picture, you put yourself on the line out there."
Bruni, who has a 10-year-old son, told RTL radio Tuesday that she was "dreaming of going" to Cannes but could not "for personal reasons and for professional reasons, unfortunately".
Bruni, 43, has recently declined to comment on media gossip that she is pregnant. She told a panel of readers of Le Parisien newspaper that her "lips are, in a sense, sealed" when asked about a pregnancy.
© 2011 AFP