Woody Allen’s latest film, Magic in the Moonlight, is about an established magician (Colin Firth) who becomes interested in debunking a spirit medium (Emma Stone).
Known for collaborating frequently with a favorite stable of actors, the film does actually mark the first time that Allen has worked with both Firth and Stone. It is not, however, the first time one of his films has centered around a magician. “I was an amateur magician as a boy,” Allen explains about his affinity for the craft to Indiewire. “I loved everything about magic and I did know in the history of magic that Houdini was somebody who would debunk spirit mediums who took advantage of people and took their money and preyed on them. And I thought it would make an interesting story to take a spirit medium and a scientific, more sophisticated magician and have him fall in love with this fraud. And it would lead to a good situation. And I hired two very very good people. Colin Firth, who is brilliant and Emma who is fabulous. I got out of the way and let them do their thing.”
As one of the most prolific writer/directors of all-time, Allen also explains why he has no plans of slowing down. “It’s only that I enjoy my work,” he says plainly. “I enjoy writing. I enjoy making the films. I enjoy spending the days with people like Emma Stone and Colin Firth, or Scarlett Johansson, or Naomi Watts, or Penelope Cruz. It’s a good way to make a living and I look forward to it so I keep doing it.”R
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