PBS aired part two of its four-and-a-half-hour long American Masters documentary on Woody Allen last night and during the scrutinous examination of his life, Allen very openly discusses the affair he took on with his wife Mia Farrow's adopted daughter, Soon-Yi. Of the media shitstorm that occurred as soon as the story broke, Woody says he "didn't think [he] wasn't that famous to warrant such interest" and suggests that the press was just looking for a "a very juicy story." He did find a silver lining in his new image, though: "It took a little edge off my natural blandness." Amid the wild speculation and obsessed news outlets running an endless number of stories about him, Woody's casting director, Juliet Taylor, said it never really interrupted his workflow on set: "It was almost as if Woody has dreaded so many bad things happening to him in life that when something really bad did happen to him, he was totally prepared."
But I couldn't help fixating on how this "really bad thing that happened" didn't happen to just Woody. It destroyed the family Mia Farrow had built with the man she was supposedly a muse for. As the story was told last night, Mia discovered naked polaroids of her adopted daughter Soon-Yi at the same time she was filming alongside Woody in Husbands And Wives. After she learned the truth, it took three days for her to be convinced to return to back to the set. There were only a few days left of filming, and you can clearly see the the emotional turmoil behind Farrow's eyes in the clip at right.
No matter how you feel about Woody's affair with Soon-Yi, as the four-and-a-half-hours of footage in the documentary clearly showed, Woody has never cared what others (critics, moviegoers, media) have to say about his movies or his private life.