Bring on the asteroids: Disasters are good for my films, says ...

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Bring on the asteroids: Disasters are good for my films, says Woody Allen

As his 48th comedy tops the global box office, he tells us why scandals won’t stop him making films

Robbie Collin

For my entire life my films have struggled commercially,” says Woody Allen. “Now we’ve finally found out that all it really required for one of them to do big business was, you know, a major catastrophe.”

The 84-year-old director, on the phone from New York, is reflecting on the news that his rose-tinted romantic comedy A Rainy Day in New York has topped the global box-office chart during the coronavirus outbreak.

In the only voice I’ve ever heard that can twinkle with despair, Allen says he’s hopeful this lucky streak will continue, and the release of his next film coincides with nuclear war, or an asteroid hitting Earth...

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