To say that Woody Allen has been a controversial figure in entertainment would be a gross understatement. The 80-year-old has been accused (but never convicted) of sexually abusing his daughter Dylan when she was just 7 years old. He also had a decade-long relationship with Mia Farrow, but she caught him cheating on her with her then-21-year-old adopted daughter, Soon-Yi, in 1992. Mia discovered the affair after finding a batch of nude photos the director had taken of Soon-Yi. Five years later, when he was 62 and she was 27, they tied the knot and have remained married since.
His talents as a director are unquestioned, though, as he has released a slew of classic films since the '60s. He recently sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to discuss his latest film, "Cafe Society," but the interview turned awkward pretty quickly.
Below are the five mosts cringe-worthy moments from the interview.
-- He's saved his wife, he says. When asked how his wife has changed him, well, just read his answer. "Oh, well, one of the great experiences of my life has been my wife. She had a very, very difficult upbringing in Korea: She was an orphan on the streets, living out of trash cans and starving as a 6-year-old.
"And she was picked up and put in an orphanage. And so I've been able to really make her life better. I provided her with enormous opportunities, and she has sparked to them. She's educated herself and has tons of friends and children and got a college degree and went to graduate school, and she has traveled all over with me now. She's very sophisticated and has been to all the great capitals of Europe. She has just become a different person. So the contributions I've made to her life have given me more pleasure than all my films." He then said she hasn't "changed" him.
-- He wasn't traumatized "in the slightest" by the scathing reports about him and Soon-Yi, despite the 35-year age difference. "I was immune, yes I was," Woody said. "You can see I worked right through that, undiminished. Made films all through those years and at the same rate I was making them. I'm good that way. I am very disciplined and very monomaniacal and compartmentalized."
-- He hates sunny weather. It's been widely reported that he hates Los Angeles. "No, no. You know, that was always a myth. I never hated it," Woody said. "It's just not a place that I could live in because I don't like sunny weather and I don't like being dependent on a car. I like cities like New York, where I can walk out of my house and I'm right in the middle of everything and there's noise and traffic and we get gray, cloudy days and snow. But I have many friends in California. I enjoy going out there for short periods of time. I don't like to drive. I can drive, but I don't like to."
-- He tried to sabotage one of his own films. "When I made 'Manhattan' and saw it, I was very disappointed at the time. And I spoke to Arthur Krim [the head of United Artists] and said, 'If you don't put this film out, I will make a film for you for nothing.' He said: 'You're crazy. We like the film and we have an investment. We borrowed money to make [it]. We can't just spend a few million dollars and then not put a film out. It's insane.' So they put it out, and it was a very big success. I have often said, it's great luck, and we take credit for stuff that is out of our control."
-- He's doesn't read, doesn't own a computer and and has "never emailed anybody." "I never enjoyed reading. I was not a bookish guy," Woody said, but said that he does read the New York Times but only because it's "habitual." He added, "And then somehow or another I catch up with the tabloids. My driver has them when I'm sitting in the car."
The interview didn't sit well with Mia's son, Ronan, who tweeted, at The Hollywood Reporter's CEO Janice Min. "Love you, Janice, but what's next, a Bill Cosby cover?"