Allen Quotes

Here, we’ve compiled a list of the best Allen Quotes from famous persons: Michael T. Flynn, George Blanda, Alice Lowe, Henry Louis Gates, Carmen Ejogo. The wide variety of quotes available makes it possible to find a quote to suit your needs. You’ve likely heard some of the Allen Quotes before, but that’s because they truly are great.

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I honestly don’t know how John Allen can look at himself in the mirror and say why he supports Hillary Clinton.
It tickles me to beat George Allen.
I love doing comedy, and that’s the thing I will always go back to, really, but I’d love to have the freedom to do sort of ‘meaty’ roles but also have the freedom to do the sort of films I want to make, like what Woody Allen does. You forget he’s funny because you‘re so gripped by the story, but they still make you laugh.
The African American‘s relationship to Africa has long been ambivalent, at least since the early nineteenth century, when 3,000 black men crowded into Bishop Richard Allen’s African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia to protest noisily a plan to recolonize free blacks in Africa.
I wanted to work with Mike Leigh. I had my list of British people I wanted to work with, and I wanted to work with David Lynch and Woody Allen.
Carmen Ejogo
I remember how inspiring it was to meet players like Bobby Charlton or Bryan Robson when I was a kid. I still remember Clive Allen showing up when I received a trophy for my Sunday league team.
Man, I’m 31 years old and a husband with four kids; I hope I’m no thug. I hear all those negative things and don’t hear anything positive. I think that’s all those people feel… that way that’s all they hear about when you hear Allen Iverson did something negative or something.
It’s always been a dream of mine to be in a Woody Allen comedy.
For a long time now, movie characters have generally been articulate, even chatty. Call it the influence of Woody Allen, but we have become used to characters who are well able to explain themselves to others.
I don’t understand why people make me want to make music that’s a join-the-dots thing by numbers. I find it really difficult when people say, ‘Aw, you should have made a really big hip hop record, that would have been really good for you’ or, ‘You should have made a song like Lily Allen, that would have been so great.’
People who I’ve worked with are always like, ‘Why aren’t you doing comedy? You’re funny!’ because they’ve only seen the one side. I did do the comedy ‘Whatever Works,’ with Woody Allen and Larry David.
Congratulations are in order for Woody Allen – he and Soon Yi have a brand new baby daughter. It’s all part of Woody’s plan to grow his own wives.
A NASA-funded study estimates that if the price of a ticket to space approached $100,000, close to a million people would buy one. That’s a $100 billion industry. Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen gave me $20 million in startup funding to go after that market.
Even while in school – initially, Vineberg Allen in Mussourie, and later, a number of schools in Ludhiana – I aspired to achieve great things in life. Admittedly, I wasn’t quite sure about what these great things would be.
I am a big fan of the old Howard Hawks films from the 30s and 40s, I was a big Hepburn and Tracey fan for a while and Woody Allen films that are a very different kind of romantic comedy.
What if Woody Allen called me and said, I’m working on this movie and there’s a really divine role for you. We want exactly you! It would be such a fantasy. Forget it! My idol, Woody Allen!
I read some Marvel, but I was more of a DC guy. Particularly the Flash, Barry Allen. I latched on to him because I felt like him. You thought to yourself, ‘Well, you can’t really be Superman.’ You couldn’t really be Batman – Batman was a really dark figure. I identified with Barry Allen’s hopefulness.
I would die if Woody Allen ever called and said, ‘Emma, I have a role for you.’
I know about the sweet home. I went to school with ’em boys, what became Lynyrd Skynyrd; I knew Allen Collins, the skinny girl-beautiful guitarist. I put Allen Collins in every travel piece I do. Travel writing is harrowing, going to Bermuda with a banjo on my knee.
You look at Kawhi Leonard, Tony Allen, Draymond Green: they are great on ball, and they are great team defenders as well. You want to be both of them, not just one.
I would play like one minute or not even get in at all. I’d see on Twitter – people would say, ‘I hate that Grayson Allen guy at the end of the bench.’ I’m like, ‘What did I do?! I was in the game for 30 seconds.’
I love having the control over the end result and not having to go through some committee to get something approved. I feel sorry for people, like actors, because unless you’re Woody Allen or Mel Gibson, they don’t have much say in the decisions that affect their work.
Very few people have actually read Freud, but everyone seems prepared to talk about him in that Woody Allen way. To read Freud is not as much fun.
I love movies, but sometimes I think it’s better for actresses not to be total cinephiles. You have to be able to do the work at some point; you can’t be totally starstruck. ‘I can’t believe it’s Woody Allen!’ You have to get past that.
Everyone thinks Lily Allen is this brash, bold, funny person. It was all just a bit of a facade and bravado.
Willie Roaf kicked my butt a couple of times. Larry Allen was a guard, but one time in San Francisco he took me with one hand and threw me out of the play. Walter Jones was pretty tough, too.
My personal favorite is Woody Allen, who is just amazing as a comedian.
Recording with Meek Mill for me was like when Allen Iverson played with Michael Jordan for the first time.
Edward Snowden, who worked for Booz Allen Hamilton, professes to have had access to whatever he wanted to know about anyone‘s anything. If he’s telling the truth, why does he have such permeability without any government oversight? Is that OK with you?
If you ask most people, ‘Who’s Lily Allen?,’ they’ll say, ‘That girl who’s in the papers all the time.’ Not that girl who wrote songs.
It took me little more than two years to complete my film, ‘Woody Allen: A Documentary.’ I conducted hours of filmed interviews with Woody, who put forward no ground rules about questions I could ask, or topics to avoid.
I just don’t care what people like Lily Allen think about stuff.
I felt very fulfilled after doing ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona‘ because I’d always wanted to work with Woody Allen. That was like a lifelong dream, and that was thrilling for me, to enter that world.
I would like to work with people whose films I really like: Walter Salles, Woody Allen, Julio Medem.
I grew up watching his movies; I know everyone did, but I really feel that a lot of my formative years were informed by Woody Allen films.
But in this case, he had my cell phone and my phone was ringing and I had just come back from Australia on the plane and I thought it was my mum and it was Woody Allen just checking to see if I wanted to be in his movie.
People ask me about my influences and I say all the comedians in the 1970s and Dave Allen was a massive influence and a very big influence on a lot of modern comics.
As a boy, I was a member of a club run by the famous reptile showman Ross Allen, and the club sent its members pseudoscientific papers mimeographed on construction paper with a three-hole punch.
All the people I looked up to – Roseanne, Tim Allen, and Jerry Seinfeld – were stand-up comedians who used humor to get TV shows. I’m on TV now, and I’m working towards getting my own show.
Once upon a time, it was hard to decipher what was more difficult to stomach: the foolish, detrimental behavior of a professional athlete or the apologists disguised as their inner circle, eager to excuse the inexcusable. And then there came Allen Iverson, who didn’t make it difficult at all.
I like so many different directors: Scorsese, Coppola, Cassavetes, Jarmusch, Gus van Sant, Woody Allen and the greats like Fellini, Bergman, Tarkovsky and among current filmmakers von Trier, Ang Lee, Wong Kar-wai.
I was 23, and all sorts of people were coming in and out and watching me, like Steve Allen and Bette Midler. David Brenner certainly took me under his wing. To drive home to my little dump in New Jersey often knowing that Steve Allen said, ‘You got it’ – that validation kept me going in a big, big way.
Being in a Woody Allen film. I cherish it.
Through movies, I have met nearly everyone I have wanted to, except Woody Allen.
In eighth grade, I was actually better in football. I played running back, wide receiver, and safety – just like Allen Iverson.
Don Knotts was a really big influence, especially on the Steve Allen show. I mean, look at the guy, his entire life is in his face.
I was raised on GG Allen, Divine, Elvira and Marilyn Manson. I was always more interested in those button pushing, transgressive artists and they made a lot of good money doing it.
I’m not a fan of analytics. When I was a kid, I couldn’t tell you what percentage Allen Iverson shot, or Michael Jordan.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – one can believe in Woody Allen’s innocence without presuming Dylan Farrow to be a liar.
I’m really high on Josh Allen. He reminds me of Ben Roethlisberger. He’s got the big arm. He’s a very good athlete.
I think Katy B encapsulates young London in a way I never could. She reps London harder than anyone song-wise since Lily Allen.
Without Tony Allen, there would have been no Afrobeat.
Look, No Limit Texas Hold ’em is a game of reads, deduction and logic, and Allen Cunningham excels in each.
Please don’t try and dramatize my relationship with Woody Allen. He was never any kind of father figure to me.
Soon-Yi Previn
I miss the outspoken pop stars like Lily Allen.
Woody Allen movies are like Beatles songs. I can’t name my favorite without you immediately naming a better one.
I’d love to work with Woody Allen.
I am definitely writing letters to lots of directors in my mind when I’m making a film. I’m chasing Woody Allen and Godard and Milos Forman and all these people.
Woody Allen sets are very quiet. Extraordinary sense of power from a man who doesn’t do anything except just stand there.
I loved Woody Allen’s short pieces. I was equally influenced by Woody Allen and Norman Mailer. I was very into this idea of being high-low, of being serious and intellectual but also making really broad jokes.
I love ‘Husbands and Wives,’ Woody Allen’s movie. It’s like one of my all-time favorites. I could watch it over and over again.
Zoe Lister-Jones
Ethan Allen was convinced that every planet out there has its own intelligent extraterrestrials. And this, as you can imagine, is a radical, inspiring, but very unsettling, idea.
People sometimes forget all the films that we’ve done. They remember the likes of ‘Malcolm X’ and ‘Do the Right Thing.’ But I’ve been working since 1986. From the beginning, I was determined to not just be a flash in the pan. I’ve got to keep up with Woody Allen. He’s lapping me.
Woody Allen’s ‘The Complete Prose’ – It’s just the best selection of comic writing by one author. You know it’s good comedy when you get quite demoralised about yourself.
Josh Allen has a strong arm, we all know that… I’ve been around the league to know it’s one of the stronger arms, but there a lot of guys with strong arms.
In a lot of ways I would love to be another student and love to be looked at as a Duke student and a senior and psych major and someone on the basketball team instead of Duke’s polarizing, lightning rod, Grayson Allen villain, all those types of things.
When we createdGoodness Gracious Me,’ it was quoting ‘Python‘ and Woody Allen lines that really bonded the writers, and the ‘Spamalot’ material is so utterly, wonderfully surreal that it hasn’t dated.
I’m not just influenced by the ’60s – it’s who I am. I grew up with Allen Ginsberg and Che Guevara. I flirted with various forms of communism when it was way out of style. It was this really strange and creative time in music and culture, and it was fabulous.
I can’t walk in an airport, walk into a gym, where the kids in the gym don’t come to me and ask me about Allen and tell me he’s their favorite player of all time. And everywhere I go in airports, people look at me, and they, ‘You’re Allen’s coach.’
Obviously, Ray Allen is a huge threat, Eddie House coming off the bench is a huge threat, as far as three-pointers go.
I come from a working-class family in Pittsburgh, whereas ‘Mike & Mollydeals with the working class in Chicago. I swear a little, but I pretty much talk the same. It’s not like when you see someone like Tim Allen and he’s a lot bluer onstage.
Allen Ginsberg is a tremendous warrior as time goes by. He’s a warrior first and a poet second.
I’ve known Russell Allen for over a decade now, and I’ve always thought he was a very underrated singer. He has one of the best voices in the business I’ve ever heard.
I’ve done tons of Debbie Allen musicals. I was a dancer in ‘Glee,’ and I was a Laker girl for three months.
Taylour Paige
I have a responsibility and a job as a guy who gets paid a lot of money, I’m expected to perform. And 82 games in 6-7 months is a lot, and it’s hard on the body, and you’re not gonna play perfect every night. Even Ray Allen misses shots, even LeBron misses dunks.
I was nurtured by Ralph Farquhar and then, later, by Sara Finney-Johnson and Vida Spears, two black women. So, I actually was nurtured by my culture, in a safe environment that allowed me to build my confidence. And Debbie Allen was one of my mentors, along with Stan Lathan.
There’s guys that don’t need to play with the ball. Tony Allen doesn’t need to have the ball to be effective.
I am – you know, I’m getting to do everything I’ve ever wanted to do, anything my imagination can think up. I’m getting to play with some of my favorite musicians in the world, ranging from Russell Allen to Billy Sheehan to Paul Gilbert to Steve Morse.
Woody Allen movies notwithstanding, therapy, in the early eighties, was not exactly a hot conversation starter. Nor was it a favoured activity for dysfunctional couples or suffering individuals.
The worst gift I have ever gotten on Christmas is going to see Tim Allen in ‘The Santa Clause.’
Woody Allen is in his ’70s and he’s making movies, so I look forward to getting there.
I’ve been watching ‘Knives Out,’ ‘Fight Club’ and many Woody Allen films.
Bob Dylan is out of the mentorship of Allen Ginsberg.
When Paul Allen and I started Microsoft over 30 years ago, we had big dreams about software. We had dreams about the impact it could have.
I was raised by a dad who has a fantastic sense of humor who raised me on ‘The Muppet Show,’ Steve Martin movies, and Woody Allen’s standup, and he really encouraged me to ham it up from an early age.
I attended Amherst College from 1951 to 1955. The first two years were a revelation. There were innumerable exchanges with brilliant classmates, among them the playwright Ralph Allen, the classics scholar Robert Fagles, and the composer Michael Sahl.
Paul Allen with Microsoft revolutionized the software industry.
The great thing about ‘Allen Gregory’ is that we try to make it really questionable that the things he says have happened, have really happened. We like that ambiguity.
Tony Allen is a good defender, very smart.
I remember when I was very young, I had a fever – a long rheumatic fever in bed for four months. And in the days, I stayed alone with the maid. I only had my father’s books with me. They were fantasy books about ghosts, and also books by Edgar Allen Poe that made a forever impression on me.
I took an acting class with Louise Lasser, Woody Allen’s first wife and co-star in many movies. I’ve done some other indie films, if you look on the YouTube. I love acting – it’s great.
In an ideal world, I’d be able to do my shows in my pajamas. Luckily I’ve got one of the best stylists in the business, Rebecca Allen – she knows what looks good on camera and gives it a sexy kick.
Anne Robinson
Woody Allen stayed so good because he never left New York. Howard Stern stayed so good because he never left New York – Mel Brooks when he just got out of New York was doing ‘Blazing Saddles;’ when he left New York he started doing stuff like ‘Robin Hood Men In Tights‘ – he was in L.A. too long. He lost the edge.
I have a Woody Allen Jewish attitude to life: that it’s all going to be disastrous. That it hasn’t all been that way is simply down to some random quirk of fate.
Antony Sher
Woody Allen has a wonderful line: ‘Today I’m a star. What will I be tomorrow? A black hole?’ That’s very important to know – that you have the moment, then you lose the moment. You have to see your chances, you have to take them, and you also have to see when you don’t have chances to take.
I don’t know if you have ever seen the Woody Allen film ‘Annie Hall,’ but it is, in a way, to Los Angeles and ‘Hollywood‘ what ‘This Is Spinal Tap’ is to many musicians.
I would love to have a long and serious conversation with the Pope. And Woody Allen, whom I have never interviewed. Then, after those two? Steve Jobs.
I’d love to open a private museum in Paris, London, or New York, but I don’t have the money. If I were Bill Gates or Paul Allen, the first thing I would do is build a museum.
I definitely have a little Woody Allen inside of me. That is true.
A negative Allen Iverson story is the greatest Allen Iverson story, for some reason.
Maybe I haven‘t been tested, but I have no fear of death at all. I was with Allen Ginsberg during the last year of his life, and he called all his friends and said, ‘I’m on my way out, and it’s kind of exciting.’ I see it as kind of exciting, too.
I’m not a big Woody Allen fan, but thought ‘Husbands and Wives’ was great.
Nell Freudenberger
I don’t think I could do what Woody Allen or Clint Eastwood or Ben Stiller do, where they direct a movie and they star in it. I would just be like, ‘Oh, I don’t even want to look at my face.’
It was kind of scary because working with Woody Allen becomes sort of a big deal in your mind. He directs in that Woody Allen character some of the time – he has these idiosyncrasies that are really charming and funny.
Working with Woody Allen was extremely gratifying. He has such a vast catalog of great work that doing one of his films was somewhat unreal.
A part of me looks at life from a dismal perspective, not unlike Woody Allen and Larry David. But I don’t want to look at life like that. It’s bad enough that I have to think it. What works for me is writing against that view. There is God, there is love, there is greatness, there is a plan, and there is beauty.
‘Ernest Borgnine’ is sort of my version of Woody Allen’s ‘Purple Rose Of Cairo’ in that it’s about the occasional difficulty of coming to terms with the cold hard facts and the temptation to escape into another world – like movies, for example. I’m a pro at escaping.
Not too many people are – were as good as Bob Hope. George Burns was great at thinking, you know, on the spot. Steve Allen was marvelous, and so was George Burns. But Bob may be the king of them all, you know.
Rich Little
Historically, Hollywood comedy has arrived in skinny envelopes. From fence post Buster Keaton to herky-jerky Jerry Lewis to wiry nerve-bundle Woody Allen to hung-loose Richard Pryor to whippy contortionist Jim Carrey, its comics and clowns have tended to be sliced thin and bendable.
For a long time, I was an assistant in the NFL to George Allen, and George was paranoid that other teams were cheating on him… that they were offering bounties, that they were wiring our locker room, that they were putting food poisoning into the pregame meal of the other team’s stars, stuff like that.
I absolutely am not the ‘de facto front man’ in The Mob – that title surely goes to Russell Allen, who is one of the best front men in the business. I am just happy to be part of the band and not necessarily leading it.
G-Rock from the Westside, from Allen Temple. He gave my name, The Future; he was like, ‘Man, you the future.’ Just stuck with the name.
When you win, everything is everything. But when you lose, it’s all about Allen Iverson and Larry Brown. When we win, I know that I get the praise and Larry Brown gets the praise, but when we lose, it’s on me and Larry Brown. That’s something that I have to learn to accept and deal with.
The reality is, the movies that were most impactful to me growing up, when I decided I wanted to make movies, I was going to see Woody Allen double features with my brother, back when they had double features.
I’m a total fangirl for Nancy Meyers. I love all her movies – ‘Something’s Gotta Give,’ ‘Father of the Bride,’ ‘The Parent Trap,’ etc. I also love Woody Allen – ‘Annie Hall’ and ‘Manhattan‘ are my favorites.
When you have players like Aaron Ramsey, Gareth Bale, and Joe Allen, you’ve got to play football.
I was also a big Woody Allen fan. When I got into college I listened to Lenny Bruce but it’s taken me years to put him into context historically and really get what he did.
The real achievement of Woody Allen was that he was making movies that felt very personal, and for a whole group of people, it spoke to them. Then he became an archetype, like Groucho Marx or Chaplin.
George Allen was afraid of my image. He wasn’t afraid of me.
John Matuszak
New York in a way functions as another character within the story, as it does within most of Woody Allen’s stories.
I know that this sounds grand, but I don’t try to compete with other people. I like to think there’s enough pie for everyone. The kind of people I’m competing with are my heroes – Woody Allen, Billy Wilder – who I know I’m going to fall short of.
Your principal motive on a movie set is to get the film made, but on a Woody Allen set, there’s an ulterior thing that goes on, which is, ‘Did you have a conversation with Woody? How friendly have you been with him? Am I liked by him?’
There is an amazing feminist writer called Lindy West; she wrote a very nice piece for The New York Times. She wrote about Woody Allen, saying if we can’t go after your work or your career, we will go after your legacy. You will never be remembered the same way. I think a lot of women will have to take solace in that.
I was definitely nervous turning up on my first day to shoot with Woody Allen.
I was born in Dallas; then I moved to Allen, Texas. But then I got sent to boarding school, where I started to get fascinated with actors like Al Pacino.
Scott Haze
I used to love Woody Allen but feel he’s become a hack as a director. ‘Bullets Over Broadway‘ is the only film of his I’ve enjoyed in the last 10 years.
Probably the only way Woody Allen and I are similar is that he has a lot to say about Nietzsche.
What I really like about Woody Allen’s films is that there’s a real investment in personal relationships. There is the idea that this is a serious concern worth making serious art about – how we love other people and how we can negotiate our relationships with them.
Yes, I’m a New Yorker, born and bred. While I’m not quite the L.A. snob that Woody Allen is, I do find myself happier in New York.
Steven Spielberg, Woody Allen, you name it – I’m interested. I’m free. I’m looking for acting work. At the same time, you have to find a role you’re right for, and then there’s a slew of other actresses. That’s why I will pursue more directing. It’s like, who needs a boss? I’m right here.
Life is never all one thing. It bounces around. Certainly, my own life has. Look at Woody Allen’s funny movies – all the humor comes out of sad stuff. Sometimes you have to laugh, no matter what life deals you.
For me it’s just amazing that I grew up watching Tim Duncan and KG and Kobe and Paul Pierce, Allen Iverson and all those guys and now it’s like, ‘Man, I can’t believe they actually got old.’ It’s like they actually walked away. It’s crazy to think about, but the game has to keep moving.
Northern Ireland as a whole is a great snooker country because of Alex Higgins and Dennis Taylor and now of course there is Mark Allen. It’s a hotbed of snooker and a place where our sport is always well supported.
When Tim Allen made The Santa Clause, I thought that was a delightful film. It took a modern sensibility but layered onto it a kind of sentiment.
Leonard Maltin
I wanted to be Red Barber, Mel Allen or Howard Cosell. I loved their personalities and all of their sounds.
I’m not a natural writer like, let’s say – I’m not talking about Arthur Miller; that’s a whole other thing – but let’s say Woody Allen. But the more I’ve written, the more I’ve found that there is a deep well in me somewhere that wants to express things that I’m not going to find unless I write them myself.
Whatever I had to prove in the ‘Flash’ world about myself as an actor, I proved as Henry Allen.
John Wesley Shipp
If Woody Allen were a Muslim, he’d be dead by now.
I was influenced by big, strong voices – writers like Elizabeth Bowen, Virginia Woolf, Jane Bowles; gay writers like Ed White, Michael Cunningham, Allen Hollinghurst; and contemporary lesbian writers, like Dorothy Allison.
Growing up watching the league, Allen Iverson was my favorite player. But once I got here, Steve Nash instantly became my favorite.
In a weird way, I never wanted – I don’t consider myself a very good writer. I consider myself okay; I don’t consider myself great. There’s Woody Allen and Aaron Sorkin. There’s Quentin Tarantino. I’m not ever gonna be on that level. But I do consider myself a good filmmaker.
I did ‘Celebrity‘ by Woody Allen. I did ‘The Gingerbread Man’ with Robert Altman. These were big talents.
I’m a big fan of Lily Allen’s music, but I’m not a fan of her personality. I differentiate the two.
After working with Woody Allen, sharing screen space with De Niro was a dream come true.
Allen Iverson is, like, my all-time hero.
I’m a fan of Louis C.K., I’m a fan of Lena Dunham. I love shows about people that other people would consider unlikable, or, like, the work of Woody Allen and Albert Brooks.
But guys such as Allen and William are more supportive than most men.
I couldn’t have accomplished the things in my career if I didn’t practice, and the worst part about that whole thing is when a kid comes up to me and says ‘Allen, I don’t like practice, either.’ I’ve got to straighten that kid right then.
I prefer to live in the country where it’s quiet. Woody Allen movies there are dubbed into Italian.
Patricia Highsmith
I turned down more offers to be Jack Paar or Johnny Carson or Steve Allen before the people on the ‘Donna Reed Show’ gave me a chance to earn while I learned.
The record company doesn’t know what to do with me, because I’m not a Lily Allen, but I’m not really an indie artist, either. All the best artists have been in the middle.
You can’t be Allen Iverson on a football team. And even Iverson got run out of Philadelphia when he was still a spectacular talent because the Sixers got tired of the headache and his bad attitude.
I absorbed the vinyl of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Jack Elliott, to Michael McClure and then into the Beat poets, Allen Ginsberg. At campus, we were absorbing that stuff. We looked to America.
I went through this very serious Woody Allen phase in college and a little bit after college. I still see his movies.
I think when you work on a Woody Allen film the actors become a real company, probably more than on any other film.
I’ve stayed buddies with my old buddy Jackie Slater. I talk to Jackie Slater. I play golf with Marcus Allen a lot. I play golf with Marshall Faulk a lot. My buddy Craig Young, he lives up in New Mexico. I still talk to a lot of the guys.
There’s an assumption that my audience is all these bearded twats from Dalston. But actually, quite a lot of older people go. For them, it’s like pre-alternative comedy, when there was Dave Allen or Jackie Mason or someone. Also, weirdly, because I don’t really swear, they’re not scared off.
It seems that our politicians see the world in black and white, so why not our artists? Did Woody Allen’s ‘Manhattan’ have to be in black and white? No. But is it fantastic that it was? To see New York like that? Yes!
I was voted best-looking kid in high school but, as you can see, things changed. I used to say I was a 260 pound Woody Allen. You can make that 295 pound now.
I’m such a big fan of Woody Allen. I once tried staying at the same hotel as him, hoping I would bump into him!
When I tell people I spent almost a year in Paris, I know they imagine something out of a Woody Allen movie, which it wasn’t, of course. I was just working in a clothes shop, but I was aware that it was exciting.
My influences were Woody Allen and Lenny Bruce.
I had heard all sorts of stories about Woody Allen’s directing – directorial approach. And some of them turned out to be myth, but one of them was that he doesn’t rehearse, and another was that he doesn’t really direct. If he doesn’t like it… he cuts it out of the movie or even replaces you. And he doesn’t talk to you.
Whatever people want to say, we go out there every night, and we give tribute to the songs that my brother wrote, to Ronnie and Allen Collins and Steve Gaines and Leon Wilkeson and everybody. We pay tribute every night to those people who have gone on.
What is ironic is that Allen Ginsberg’s importance was in its twilight for so many years that it took his death to bring it to the front page. He electrified an entire world!
Allen Edmonds makes stylish, comfortable shoes and after getting to know some people there, they asked if I wanted to co-design a shoe. I visited the factory, met with some designers and together we came up with something that I think is a good, solid staple for any wardrobe.
You don’t ever really get to know Woody Allen.
I hate Woody Allen physically, I dislike that kind of man.
I’ve always wanted to make people laugh. It’s been my only ambition, ever since my dad introduced me to the genius of the great comedians: Tony Hancock, Woody Allen, people like that.
Diane Morgan
For ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona,’ for example, Woody Allen is one of the greatest American directors, and we really had a very good working relationship. We understand each other really well. He gave me one of the best opportunities somebody has ever given me in my career.
He’s helped me do so much in my career, helped me be the player that I am. If there’s no Larry Brown, then there’s no MVP, Allen Iverson.
I’d love to work with Lena Headey, Alfie Allen, Charles Dance. I’d love to work with Peter Dinklage.
One of my big influences as a young player was Allen Iverson. All I wanted to do was the left-to-right crossover, because that’s the one he was doing most.
People think of Jews as the Woody Allen stereotype, the nebbishy kind of thing, but that’s not the kind of Jews I know. I know plenty of Israelis and plenty of tough guys that are Jewish. So, I think it makes sense that Jews play metal.
I met Joan Allen at an L.A. Film Critics Awardsdinner, and I said, ‘I want to write a movie for you.’
Interestingly that some of the characters did not turn out the way Jim and Allen had envisioned them.
To have a superstar – he’s Allen Iverson – he really took me under his wing and really forced me to shoot the ball and forced me to make plays, and to have him do that for me – and the way he was always in my ear telling me to shoot the ball and supporting me – it’s a big deal.
My heroes – people like Woody Allen – were stand-up comedians. Therefore, I always felt I should give it a go.
‘The Butler’ has virtually nothing in common with its source material, the life of White House butler Gene Allen, except for the fact that the main character of the film and Allen were both black butlers in the White House.
Saturday Night Fever,’ Paula Abdul, ‘Fame,’ Debbie Allen… all affected me and the generation before me.
It’d be great to do some other TV. ‘Breaking Bad‘ is definitely my home, but I’d love to have a nice hiatus gig, like a recurring role. Or to do a good film. I’d like to do a Woody Allen movie. I really didn’t have a plan, and that’s okay with me.
The act of thinking and interpreting is so central to Judaism that it makes more sense that we’ve become people like Woody Allen – thinkers and talkers and drafters of law.
I try to penetrate the lane like Steve Nash, pass like Jason Kidd, and handle the ball like Allen Iverson. Remember, I said ‘try to’.
Woody Allen is really the ultimate. I love that he believed in himself enough to do what he did. And I have that same feeling – that there’s nobody that looks like me in movies, nobody would cast me as a romantic lead, but I want to do it and I feel confident that I can.
I think Woody Allen calls it ‘anxiety of influence.’ When you’re in your formative years and you watch a movie that makes you want to make movies… For Wes Anderson, it’s Truffaut. I’m sure for P.T. Anderson it was Scorsese and Jonathan Demme.
Max Winkler
Ray Allen’s diet was insane. He was trying to break it down to me what he ate and how disciplined he tries to stay. When you’re a 21 year-old, you’re not used to that. He was doing Paleo and experimenting with all types of things.
I would say that I’m not a fan at all of Woody Allen’s.
If Woody Allen called me, I’d be there straight away. Who wouldn’t? Truly.
Julie Delpy
My early prose style – this is so embarrassing – was sort of a suburban, Presbyterian knockoff of Woody Allen.
I’m a huge Bob Hope fan, up until about the late ’50s. I’ve seen so many of his movies up until then, and they’re a big influence on me and a big influence on Woody Allen, who is basically just ripping off Bob Hope for his first five or six movies.
When television began, it modeled itself after radio. Many early television programs were radio programs first. ‘My Favorite Wife,’ ‘The Jack Benny Show,’ ‘Burns and Allen,’ ‘Alfred Hitchcock Presents.’
Allen Iverson was the Tupac of basketball; he was a true revolutionary.
I do believe Allen Iverson knew this, and I believe all the players know this: that certain referees treat them much better than others.
My little brother‘s 5-9 and doesn’t play basketball at all, but if he was 7-foot and one of the most talented people in the world, then I would assume he would be Jarrett Allen.
Tim Allen is a valuable part of the Disney ABC family and has been for a very, very long time.
The process of filmmaking is very musical, you get into the rhythm and the rhythmics of how someone is, especially with Woody Allen who is very much into body language and body movement.
Who is Allen West? What is Allen West doing with his time? He’s the most irrelevant person in America.
Steve Allen was on Johnny Carson one time – I looked for it, but I couldn’t find it – and he read the lyrics to ‘Hot Stuff’ by Donna Summer like a poet. He read them very seriously. I was maybe 8, but it killed me.
I think I always have Woody Allen in mind whenever I’m creating anything. He’s such a genius, and I think ‘Annie Hall’ is one of the greatest movies ever written.
I’m a writer and director, and the movie I’ve seen a million times is ‘Stardust Memories‘ by Woody Allen, starring Woody Allen and Charlotte Rampling.
The first play I did was ‘Philadelphia Here I Come.’ Can you imagine that? I am 37 years old I am doing my second professional play and I am on stage with John Malkovich. Joan Allen, Laurie Metcalf and Gary Sinise. One huge name after another. I was terrified and petrified, could hardly get a word out of my mouth.
I’m very physical. I’m extremely active, and I would love to do something a little more sexy and dangerous, a la Sophia Loren, or funny and humorous, a la Woody Allen. Getting to do things along those lines would be extremely wicked and a dream come true.
Azita Ghanizada
Woody Allen said that 95% of history is explained as a man trying to impress a woman. And that’s true in my life.
I’m sick of hearing, thinking and talking about Woody Allen. Nonetheless, the allegations against him continue to capture our national attention because so much of the story is strange and sordid.
I don’t really believe in trying to erase every Woody Allen movie from history. For one thing, that’s kind of unfair to all the people who worked on those movies or albums or whatever it is. What did they do wrong to have their work erased from culture?
Woody Allen likes to do a lot of master shots. He likes to get the whole thing in one take, and so you could be going along doing a scene, and then the next to last line, all of a sudden, you stumble, and you have to go back to first base.
Allen Ginsberg was a world authority on the writing of William Blake, and had an incredible knowledge of classic literature and world politics.
I may look like an American WASPy doctor or lawyer, but I feel just like Woody Allen. Don’t cast me for my looks – I have a very ironic, existential, crazy Jew in me.
Well, obviously I was excited by the idea that Woody Allen was going to direct it. But at the same time, the script itself and the character was really interesting.
It’s great because growing up, especially being a Raiders fan and then playing with Marcus, I was like, ‘Holy smokes, that’s Marcus Allen’ when I first walked in and saw him.