Whatever Works

BATD ON Jun 17, 2009 AT 1:43 pm

Whatever Works

Whatever Works

Whatever Works, a film written and directed by comedian Woody Allen, will be premiering in theaters in the US July 19. The film stars comedian/writer Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm), actress Evan Rachel Wood (Across the Universe), actress Patricia Clarkson (Pieces of April), and actress Kristen Johnson (3rd Rock From the Sun). Allen wrote the script in the 70s and it was intended that Zero Mostel play the lead role of Boris in the film. After Mostel’s death, the script was set aside until recently, when Allen couldn’t ignore its potential any longer.

Larry David will star as Boris Yelnikoff, “an eccentric misanthropic physicist from Greenwich Village who becomes entangled with a young girl (Wood) and her parents. Allen knew instantly that he wanted David to play the main role, saying, “I didn’t rewrite anything for Larry. When I took the script out of the drawer I did have to re-write the script because it had been laying there, you know, for a long time. Dormant, sort of. And I had to freshen it up and jazz it up a little bit to make it more contemporary. But I never changed it for Larry. Larry just seemed to fit it like a glove.”

On the set of Whatever Works

On the set of Whatever Works

The film has been called a black comedy, meaning it uses humor to make fun of or bring light onto a taboo topic.  Allen has said about the film, “Life is quite terrible and you can see by what goes on. So, this is fiction and it can be read as misanthropic and being interpreted that way but I don’t think it is; I think it’s simply realistic. The real world is as horrible or actually much more horrible than the world Boris envisions. He has compassion and feels bad about this. You can’t pick up the paper in the morning without [seeing] the atrocities: two young women are thrown in prison in Korea, some guy enters the Holocaust Museum and kills the guard…

Evan Rachel Wood & Larry David

Evan Rachel Wood & Larry David

This is the average stuff we live on every morning. In sense the movie is almost mild to the ugly brutality that’s just a part of your morning Cornflakes for breakfast.” The entire movie was filmed in New York, which was quite a change from the last 4 of his films that have been filmed in London or cities around Europe. The actors are thrilled to be working together, and we think Whatever Works!

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