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I do press to be nice, not because it helps: Woody Allen

hollywood Updated: Aug 29, 2016 11:25 IST

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Director Woody Allen attends a news conference for the film “Cafe Society” out of competition before the opening of the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 11, 2016.

Filmmaker Woody Allen says he only does interviews to promote his movies because he is forced to and not because he thinks it is helpful.

The iconic director and actor has several classic films to his name, from Annie Hall to Midnight in Paris. But not all of them have fared well under the scrutiny of critics over the years, and Allen, 80, is adamant that doing media rounds makes no difference to the film’s success, reported Guardian.

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“I never thought there was any point doing press. I don’t think anybody ever reads an interview and says: ‘Hey, I want to see that movie!’” Allen said.

“Well, the publicity people think it is important. So, I do it to be nice. But I don’t think – and I tell them this – that it matters. And they say: ‘’Just keep it quiet and do it.’ I don’t want to be someone who takes the money but refuses to help.”

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Allen’s latest release is Cafe Society, set in 1930s Hollywood and follows a love triangle between Bobby (Jesse Eisenberg), Vonnie (Kristen Stewart) and Veronica (Blake Lively).

Cafe Society releases on September 5.

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