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‘Lowdown’ on Woody

'I just don't like to fly,' director sez

Contrary to popular belief, quintessential Gothamite Woody Allen does like Los Angeles.

“I just don’t like to fly,” explained Allen during the West Coast preem Thursday of his latest helming-writing effort “Sweet and Lowdown,” produced by Jean Doumanian Prods. and Sweetland Films and released by Sony Pictures Classics. “And I’m always busy in New York, so I don’t get a chance to get out here very much.”

It didn’t take much to convince Allen to make the cross-country trek to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for the pic’s screening: “They just told me to show up, and said they’d appreciate it,” said Allen of preem organizer, the American Film Institute.

Plus, Allen wanted to give personal kudos to “Sweet” star Sean Penn. When directing him, “you don’t have to do any work, you just sit back and let him make you look good.”

Brad Garrett wanted to thank Allen for giving him a part in the film: “Hey, I’m blessed that I got in there at all … and I would love (to work with Allen again), I would be happy just to drive him.”

Jean Doumanian, producer of seven Allen films, praised the multi-hypenate because “all of Woody’s work is so original that you can’t compare it; (“Sweet”) is not like anything he’s ever done.”

Preem guests included pic’s stars Penn and Anthony LaPaglia and guests Jack Nicholson, Edward Furlong, Jack Klugman, Jessica Lange, John Lithgow, Natasha Lyonne, Paul Mazursky, Doris Roberts and Harry Dean Stanton.

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