Woody Allen Would Cast Michelle Obama In A Movie
Legendary comedian and director Woody Allen told a U.K. talk show that he would love to cast First Lady Michelle Obama in a film.
“If I was in a room with Michelle Obama and I thought she was right for a part I wouldn’t hesitate to ask her,” said Allen on the program Daybreak. (Video of the interview was unavailable on Daybreak’s Web site.)
Allen is no stranger to presidential cast members: French First Lady Carla Bruni had a supporting role in his well-received latest film, Midnight In Paris.
So, does Allen think Obama can play a neurotic, Manhattan Jew?
This is a problem: What role in the Allen universe would Michelle Obama ever be “right for?” During Allen’s 40+ years as a film screenwriter, he has created barely a single character that resembles our wonderful First Lady.
This is a more a reflection of what Allen does write than what he doesn’t. Woody Allen writes about neurotic, upper-middle-class, New York Jewish men. (And while black Jews exist, that haven’t made it into an Allen film yet.)
In fact, the AV Club named “African-American people” to the Number 1 spot on their list of “Things Woody Allen just doesn’t get.” “The Female Psyche” and “Gentiles” were numbers 4 and 5.
The Woman issue might be the bigger problem. While Allen has written some great female roles and directed actresses in Oscar-winning performances, his more recent films have basically two types of women: shrewish, cheating wives and teenage-ish girlfriends. (Both of these sometimes get murdered in Allen films.) I can’t imagine either of these types in a stunning Doo-Ri Chung gown.
Then again, as long as Allen makes Obama’s character sleeveless, he can’t really go wrong.