LONDON — Woody Allen has told British television he would quit filmmaking if finance dried up in the wake of allegations about his private life.
Allen was involved in a bitter court battle with his former companion, actress Mia Farrow, after disclosure that he was involved with her adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn.
“I never felt any pressure on me, because I never really cared what happened over being bankable or not bankable,” he told the “South Bank Show” about the effect of his private life on his career as a filmmaker.
In the rare interview to be broadcast Sunday, Allen said: “It wouldn’t matter to me tomorrow if all the film companies in the world would never invest another dime in me. I’ve made enough money personally over the years so that I could support myself. I would be very happy to stay home and write plays for the theater. If no one wanted to produce them, I’d be happy to stay home and write books.”
He tells in the interview how he buried himself in work last year to blot out his troubles. “It’s always great to work and I was certainly not going to let (the controversy) become the focus of my life,” he explained. “I wanted to keep it in its proper place.”
“But one could easily let the troubles overwhelm you where, when you get up in the morning, the focus of your entire life revolves on your problems and troubles, and I didn’t want that to happen.”