Woody Allen on mar­riage: I WAS PA­TER­NAL, IT WORKED

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Ac­claimed Amer­i­can film­m­maker Woody Allen (above) has given a rare in­ter­view, and made even rarer re­marks about his con­tro­ver­sial mar­riage to the adopted daugh­ter of his for­mer girl­friend.

“I’m 35 years older and some­how, by no fault of mine or hers, the dy­namic worked,” he told Na­tional Public Ra­dio of his wife Soon-Yi, call­ing him “pa­ter­nal” in their mar­riage. “I be­gan dat­ing her think­ing it’d just be a fling,” he said.

“Then we started go­ing out to­gether, then we started liv­ing to­gether and we were en­joy­ing it. And the age dif­fer­ence didn’t seem to mat­ter. It seemed to work in our favour,” added Allen, who will celebrate his 80th birth­day in De­cem­ber. He fur­ther said that he “lucked out” with his third wife.”

I’ve been mar­ried now for 20 years, and it’s been good. I think that was prob­a­bly the odd fac­tor that I’m so much older than the girl I mar­ried. I was pa­ter­nal,” Allen said, adding, “She de­ferred to me, and I was happy to give her an enor­mous amount of de­ci­sion-mak­ing just as a gift, and I let her take charge of so many things.” Allen was pre­vi­ously in a re­la­tion­ship with Amer­i­can ac­tor and ac­tivist Mia Far­row, who starred in 13 of his films. The cou­ple sep­a­rated when Far­row found out about his af­fair with Soon-Yi, whom she adopted with ex-hus­band An­dre Previn. Allen mar­ried Soon-Yi in 1997.

The famed di­rec­tor also looked back on his life, call­ing him­self “lazy and an im­per­fec­tion­ist”. “Di­rect­ing is not the end-all, be-all of my life. Another fault is that I don’t have the in­tel­lect, depth or a nat­u­ral gift. The great­ness is not in me,” he said.

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