Chesty Josh Brolin to Be Woody Allen Stand-In

As is always the case with upcoming Woody Allen projects, no real details have been released on the plot of the director’s You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, due in September. All we know is that it stars Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Freida Pinto, and Naomi Watts, was shot in London, and “revolves around the members of a family, their tangled love lives, and their attempts to solve their problems,” like all Woody Allen movies generally do. But yesterday, in a New York Times Style Magazine cover story, while apparently attempting to wrestle his way out of a T-shirt, Josh Brolin shed some light on his role: Even though he’s the cast’s second-least nebbish member behind Banderas, he’ll play the film’s Woody Allen character.

Says Brolin:

I play a failed writer who is … Woody Allen. It’s funny how he gets you to do that. This is my second Woody Allen film — I worked four days in Melinda and Melinda. Two years ago, Woody saw me in W., where I played George W. Bush, and he sent me an e-mail that I have framed, that read, basically, “I don’t know if you remember me from Melinda and Melinda. I was the director.” I don’t know to this day whether Woody was serious or not. So he sent me this script, and I said, “I’m not going to make the mistake everyone makes and try to play you.” My first suggestion was that my character be in a wheelchair. Woody’s response to me was simply, “No.” That was it.

So despite his failed career, Brolin’s character will presumably fend off advances from Freida Pinto and Naomi Watts. No matter which actor plays Brolin’s analyst (likely Hopkins, but maybe Banderas), this is probably Woody’s most self-flattering casting since he was portrayed by Scarlett Johansson in Scoop.

Tough Enough [NYT]

Chesty Josh Brolin to Be Woody Allen Stand-In