To my RVing buddies. A cute movie I was in and co-directed was Woody Allen’s Whatever Works. I made it in 1994, I think, so you might still be able to recognize me. I was 7 years younger than Larry David and 4 years younger than the woman who played my mother. I was 42 playing 18. I don’t know how those things happen. Usually I’m a last minute replacement. (Like the part of Angelica I took in a movie I directed called, the Brothers Grimm. The actress they sent me wouldn’t go near a horse or other animals and wouldn’t do any scene in a room smaller than 20 x 20. Since she was expected to ride a horse, do a scene with a toad, and a wolf, and skin a rabbit, she had to go and we were in Bulgaria so I had to do her part. Yes, that’s me skinning a rabbit.)
I co-wrote and co-directed with Woody Allen a lot. At any rate, I thought it might be fun for you to watch. My library has a copy, your’s might too.
To everyone else, Woody Allen is an American comedy writer and director, most famous for Annie Hall. His pictures are usually quite good.
Whatever Works is a typical Woody Allen picture about anxiety, religion and sex.
Woody tends to be heavy-handed, and this movie is no exception, but the idea behind it is worthwhile and is in keeping with what I’ve been preaching. Our time on this earth should be fun, as long as we don’t hurt anyone or keep anyone else from having fun. God just wants us to be happy.
I play a young runaway escaping an overbearing religious family because she wants to live her own life. Larry David finds her in an alley behind his apartment and allows her to stay with him. He mentors her with his old stogy ways. My character’s parents come to try to find their runaway daughter and find the life they’d been leading was dictated by their church and each other, and wasn’t a life they were at all happy with. The father finds out the reason he wouldn’t have sex with his wife, was because he was gay. The mother finds her calling in Photography, and she takes two lovers. My character finds a nice boy to marry; and Larry’s character finally stops complaining when a psychic literally falls on him. (In real life Larry David never stops complaining)
Whatever Works’ message – To find your own path in life, and don’t let your parents or your church or anyone else for that matter, make your path for you.
Other Great Woody Allen Pictures co-directed by me
Bullets Over Broadway
Manhattan Murder Mystery
Crimes and Misdemeanors