I think these pictures are new as I haven't seen Lea Seydoux before. Does she play Owen's daughter because one of the characters in the film has teens, and though Lea's older it seems to be normal in films for actors in their twenties to play younger.
Texan Owen Wilson at Cannes, where 'Midnight in Paris' was a hit. Woody Allen tweaked his lead character, who was originally a Manhattan intellectual, to better suit Wilson.
Popcorn fare such as Marley & Me,Little Fockers and the Night at the Museum franchise might pay the bills, but fans may be wondering what happened to that unique talent with the nfectious drawl from The Royal Tenenbaums or Wedding Crashers.
Thank goodness, then, that Woody Allen has come to the rescue. He has bestowed the actor, 42, with a gem of a role, one that is both comic and touching, as Wilson plays the director's on-screen alter ego in the swoony Midnight in Paris. It charmed the Cannes Film Festival crowd last week and opens in theaters Friday.
Even the few reviewers who tempered their applause for the filmmaker's 41st feature were keen on Wilson's portrayal of an aspiring novelist whose trip to Paris awakens nostalgic reveries of the Jazz Age, when such artistic titans as Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Picasso roamed the streets and ruled the cafés. And, as sometimes is the case in Allen's more wistful universes, Wilson's wish to go back in time magically comes true.
Speaking from France, the actor sounds buoyed by the early praise for his work. "I just got a message today from Corey (Stoll of TV's Law & Order: LA, whose mucho-macho Hemingway has been hailed as a standout), saying 'congratulations' and that he heard the screening went well."
Wilson says the director has acknowledged during their shared interviews that, at least on the surface, his laid-back surfer-dude persona is at odds with Allen's own East Coast-bred neuroticism. "He said we couldn't be more different, that I'm from the West and he is from New York. That I love the ocean and Hawaii. He kept saying it so much, he started making it sound as if I should work at Sea World, training seals."
But Wilson felt quite at home, especially since Midnight reunites him with his Wedding Crashers romantic interest, Rachel McAdams (as his gorgeous harpy of a fiancée) and Darjeeling Limited sibling Adrien Brody (whose stork-like physique suits his mustachioed Salvador Dali).
It was casting director Juliet Taylor who suggested Wilson for the part that was originally a Manhattan intellectual. Allen realized it would take only a few adjustments to make the character a better fit for the Texas native. "Owen is one of the few actors who can get laughs but you don't see the wheels turning," Allen, 75, says. "You don't see him doing jokes. He acts like a regular person in a scene, and the laughs come."
Wilson ranks collaborating with Allen as "probably the best experience I've ever had while making a movie. Just because of the location and all those great iconic places where we shot, like the Shakespeare and Company bookstore, probably the best bookstore in the world."
Truly special, though, was the chance to observe Woody Allen being Woody Allen. The auteur's infamous phobias are "not a joke," he says . "I had my dog with me, and you would have thought I was bringing a wolf, the way he would react. Woody is not exactly Jack London."
While Garcia is a friendly 40-pound Australian cattle dog, Wilson says, "he treated him like a Rottweiler."
Congrats to Owen and all for a Great Review -- am anxious to see this movie....
"Making its limited-release debut was Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris," which has received some of the best reviews for Allen in years. The Sony Pictures Classics release opened in just six theaters, but drew an exceptional per-screen average of more than $96,000."