Emma Stone Talks Working With Woody Allen at ‘Irrational Man’ Los Angeles Premiere

Emma Stone Irrational Man premiere
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Emma Stone spoke with Variety about starring in a second consecutive Woody Allen film at Thursday’s “Irrational Man” Los Angeles premiere at the WGA Theatre in Beverly Hills.

The actress attempted to explain what changed the second time around. “It was different,” she said. “‘Magic in the Moonlight’ felt like this magical, suspended, ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in the south of France, and the cast all got really close.” In “Irrational Man,” on the other hand, “The tone is much darker,” she said.

While Allen did not attend, stars Joaquin Phoenix and Parker Posey joined Stone for the premiere.

Stone said she was drawn back to Allen’s work after reading the script, along with the opportunity to work with Phoenix and Posey. “It felt like a very ‘Woody’ movie,” she said. “I thought the themes he was exploring were totally different than ‘Magic in the Moonlight’ and somehow, he always is kind of exploring similar themes too.”

Posey spoke to the theme of the movie — which centers around a philosophy professor who has a romantic affair with a student — saying that she “had crushes on lots of teachers” because she “wanted to be a good student.” “I was a teacher’s pet,” the actress admitted, saying that when she studied at Georgetown, she took a class with a particularly memorable philosophy professor. “His wife had a baby when I was a student, and he called me, and I was really chuffed by that,” she said.

While Stone and Posey opened up about their experiences, Phoenix made a hard 180-degree pivot on the carpet after taking pictures, avoiding all interviews. Phoenix did, however, take part in some antics before the screening. When Stone was introduced, Phoenix stood up to receive the applause, and when his name was called, the actress returned the favor.

Hakkasan nightclub, one of the premiere’s sponsors, hosted the after-party at its Beverly Hills location. While guests enjoyed complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres, the creative team and several stars, including Stone and Posey, ate celebratory macaroons in an enclosed area guarded by a bouncer.

Michael Barker, co-president of Sony Pictures Classics, stepped out to comment on the studio’s long history with Allen. “You’re really supporting his vision,” he said, pointing out that Allen has directed dozens of films, and “Irrational Man” was his seventh with SPC. “His way is a way that tends to succeed more often than not. So you have to trust that. Because for someone like us to assume that we know how to do that is a mistake.”

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  1. Woodsen Alllen says:

    Emma Stone has class, not like Jennifer Lawrence who’s not marriage material. Every weird freak in Hollywood to SoHo knows this! Many guys love the soft sweet smelling skin of Breanna Larson or Emma Stone. They yearn to have kids, and want to be good soccer moms! Both want to get married to nice older 45 year old men! Who like the Grateful Dead, and Phish, but can’t stand Nirvana or Pearl Jelly! We all know Em and Bre would love to hear some Hall & Oates and rock hard to Barry Manilow!

  2. anonymous says:

    Woody allen is overrated and makes the same film about stupid adults

    stop calling him a master at the craft he hasn’t made a single good film since B.C.

  3. Sanman says:

    Woody Allen is a very strange, troubled person. In September, 1970 I ran into Diane Keaton who I used to take to the movies when we were students at the Neighborhood Playhouse, and she said, ‘Paul I want you to meet Woody.’ He shook my hand & said, ‘Hi’. When Woody Allen was casting Broadway Danny Rose, I went up to him & said, ‘Hi Woody I’m Paul Brno & I met you & Diane Keaton in Central Park in September 1970.’ He just stood like a statue & didn’t say a word to me. Wow! how weird is that! Also he brainwashed Diane Keaton. I ran into her in2008 at Tavern On The Green & I said, ‘Hi Diane’ & guess what? She just stood there like a statue & didn’t say a word to me just like Woody Allen did.

  4. anonymous says:

    Dear Michale Barker,

    You will green light Woody Allen pictures, but you won’t green light Girl With Dragon Tattoo sequel?

    All of Woody Allens films are about stupid old people who sleep around and can’t decide if they are in love and go through mid life crisis episodes. What a fucking joke.

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