‘I was pa­ter­nal — it worked’ :Woody Allen on mar­riage

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Ac­claimed Amer­i­can film di­rec­tor Woody Allen 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, through no fault of mine or hers, the dy­namic worked,” he told Na­tional Public Ra­dio of his wife Soon-Yi, call­ing him “pa­ter­nal” in their re­la­tion­ship.

“I started the re­la­tion­ship with her and I thought it would just be a fling,” he said.

“Then we started go­ing 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 fa­vor.”

Allen, who will celebrate his 80th birth­day in De­cem­ber, said he had “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,” he said.

“I was pa­ter­nal,” Allen said. “She de­ferred to me, and I was happy to give her an enor­mous amount of de­ci­sion­mak­ing just as a gift and let her take charge of so many things.”

Allen was pre­vi­ously in a re­la­tion­ship with Amer­i­can ac­tress 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, the con­duc­tor An­dre Previn. Allen mar­ried Soon-Yi in 1997.

The famed di­rec­tor also looked back on his life, call­ing him­self “lazy and an im­per­fec­tion­ist.”

“Film­mak­ing is not (the) end-all be-all of my ex­is­tence. Another short­com­ing is that I don’t have the in­tel­lect or the depth or the nat­u­ral gift. The great­ness is not in me,” he said.

Allen has won four Os­cars and a life­time achieve­ment award at Cannes, the world’s top film fes­ti­val, in 2002. He has pro­duced an av­er­age of one film a year since 1965.

He re­peated his long-stand­ing de­nial of ac­cu­sa­tions that he mo­lested Dy­lan Far­row, his adop­tive daugh­ter with Far­row, and said scan­dals in his pri­vate life had not im­pacted his fans.

“I al­ways had a small au­di­ence. Peo­ple did not come in great abun­dance, and they still don’t, and I’ve main­tained the same au­di­ence over the years,” he said.

“If the re­views are bad, they don’t come. If the re­views are good, they prob­a­bly come,” he added, say­ing he did not be­lieve that his pri­vate life had in­flu­enced his films.

His latest film, “Ir­ra­tional Man,” cur­rently at the cin­ema.

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Parker Posey and Woody Allen seen at a pri­vate screen­ing of “Ir­ra­tional Man,” hosted by Metropoli­tan Cap­i­tal, at the Bell­wether Meet­ing House & Eatery in Chicago, Satur­day, July 18.

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