Woody Allen defends Carla Bruni
Woody Allen has defended France's first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy after gossip column reports that she was a handful on the set of his romantic comedy Midnight In Paris.
The director also rejected claims that he reshot her scenes with another actress and cut her from the film.
Reports that it took Carla 32 takes to shoot a scene were false, Woody said in an interview at the Toronto International Film Festival, where his comic drama You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger played. He said he did a typical eight or 10 takes with Carla, the same as the rest of the cast.
"She was no problem at all," said Woody. "I was delighted with her."
He said Carla was not replaced and that her scenes remain in the film.
"This is a hundred per cent untrue," he said. "She's in the picture. Everything she shot is in the picture. I love her. She's great. It's not a big part, but it's a respectable part. Everything was totally made up.
"Now, I did hire another actress late in the picture for another part, for a totally different role. They're both in the picture."
Carla plays a tour guide at the Rodin Museum in Midnight In Paris, which is expected in cinemas next year.