Woody Allen premiere draws stars
Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” elicited so much “wasn’t it good?” chatter, you could actually imagine people taking Harvey Weinstein’s prescreening advice to “get your tickets early!”
He presumably meant tickets to visit Spain, and not cinema tix to see the film once more. Then again, Weinstein probably meant both.
At the post-preem fete at the Whiskey Blue in Westwood’s W Hotel, Scarlett Johansson said she got to be a tourist in Barcelona while making the film. “I experienced it in real time — as we shot each scene.”
Pic’s Rebecca Hall said she’s “fantasized about playing an American in a Woody Allen film” since she was a teen. It became a reality for the British thesp after her shortest audition ever: “Woody said, ‘Nice to meet you. Can you do an American accent? OK, Bye.’ ”
She got a call two weeks later with news that she got the part. “I was fully prepared to play a doorman in a Woody Allen film, but when I read the script and realized (it was for the part of Vicky), it was just ridiculous!,” Hall said.
Allen, meanwhile, was barricaded in a booth with a supportive arm around his wife Soon-Yi Previn most of the night. He didn’t really need to move, given the steady stream of well-wishers paying homage at his table, including preemgoers Salma Hayek and astronaut Buzz Aldrin.