When it was rumored about a year ago that Kate Winslet would be starring in Woody Allen’s latest talks-too-fast flustered people film, it isn’t a stretch to say that some people raised their eyebrows like, “Girl, him?“. As it turned out, the rumors were true, and she was filming Wonder Wheel with Justin Timberlake. Again, one can assume someone pulled Kate aside and asked, “Do you need me to Google ‘Woody Allen’ for you? Because I can, but, like, heads up – the results will be gross.”
Kate recently admitted during an interview with The New York Times to promote The Mountain Between Us and Wonder Wheel that, yes, she’s totally aware of Woody Allen’s completely vomit-triggering alleged reputation. Just like how she was completely familiar with Roman Polanski’s alleged reputation too. Wow, okay, Kate – you didn’t have to go there, but I guess that’s where we’re going now.
Kate has never worked with creepy elderly turtle Woody Allen before. She worked with creepy elderly possum Roman Polanski on 2011’s Carnage. You can’t not make the connection between the two directors, since they’re both card-carrying members of Hollywood’s Not-Right Directors Club. Kate was asked if the never-ending allegations made her question working with Woody Allen. Just like Kristen Stewart before her, and Kate says she definitely thought about it before she said yes.
“Of course one thinks about it. But at the same time, I didn’t know Woody and I don’t know anything about that family. As the actor in the film, you just have to step away and say, I don’t know anything, really, and whether any of it is true or false.
Having thought it all through, you put it to one side and just work with the person. Woody Allen is an incredible director. So is Roman Polanski. I had an extraordinary working experience with both of those men, and that’s the truth.”
Eeesh, pull back a little on the praise, Kate. I feel like if they let her continue, we’d get something like, “Look, did I have a great time working with both of those alleged sleazeballs? Of course! It was wonderful! I put all my memories in a scrapbook labeled Good Times! I’m just speaking my truth here, okay?”
Kate also says that she didn’t hesitate when Woody Allen asked her to do Wonder Wheel. So, basically, she didn’t think too long about the allegations.
“Here’s the catalyst – probably wasn’t going to get another go-round with Woody Allen, so it’s now or never. And it was an extraordinary part, that I could not believe he was asking me to play, so just the flattery of being offered the role was enough. The only reason I wouldn’t have done it would have been fear, and that is no way to live a life, man. Plus I knew my parents would be incredibly proud of me working with Woody Allen.
My mother passed away in May. Every day I would call her on the way home [from the set] and she wanted to know absolutely everything about the day. It was a really big part of the last few months of her life. I feel grateful that I did it.”
For whatever reason, Woody Allen is still a BIG, HUGE Hollywood director, even though the quality of work is basically a coin toss. On one side you’ve got Manhattan. On the other, The Curse of the Jade Scorpion. Who knows what Wonder Wheel will be, but I’m sure Kate is crossing her fingers that defending Woody and kissing his ass will pay off for her. Because she’s either looking at an Oscar nomination, or a lousy t-shirt that reads: I worked with Woody Allen and all I got were lips that smell like old man ass and crappy reviews.