For the most part, the summer movie season is all about the big studio blockbuster: the tent-pole multimillion-dollar films full of action, explosions, thrills and chills, designed to take audiences to other realities and dimensions. Woody Allen’s latest, “Midnight in Paris,” doesn’t fit the summer-movie mold in terms of action sequences and explosions (there aren’t any), but it does transport audiences to another time and place, in a most charming and delightful way.
In a nutshell, “Midnight in Paris” is about a man’s great love for a city (Paris) and the illusion people have that the grass is always greener in someone else’s yard. The film features an incredible ensemble cast of A-listers and up-and-comers — Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen, Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Adrian Brody, Corey Stoll, Tom Hiddleston and Alison Pill — all of whom jetted off to the City of Light for the film’s production.
When MTV News caught up with McAdams and Sheen recently, we asked them if the process of making the movie was as glamorous and wonderful as what appears onscreen.
“It was so lovely,” McAdams said. “It was such a great city to be shooting in. I felt like I wasn’t working. It was kind of a little getaway.”
McAdams added that Allen’s directing style is very relaxed. “He doesn’t shoot really long hours. They’re longer than everyone had said, but he doesn’t shoot long hours,” she explained. “It was very civilized. There was an easy feeling about things. When you’re working with someone who is so good at what they do and they’ve been doing it for so long, you can relax and let them do what they do and sit back and enjoy watching that happen.
“I enjoyed being a fly on the wall most of the time,” she added. “And seeing how he would just set up these beautiful scenes like it was a piece of cake.”
Sheen echoed McAdams’ sentiments of a luxurious shoot, making us green with envy in the process. “I’m sorry to say it was exactly what everyone would hope it would be, in a way,” he said. “We had wonderful dinners, strolls through Paris at midnight in the most romantic city in the world, with wonderful people who know how to enjoy life.
“We were in some of the most extraordinary locations in those places, doing a film that had a wonderful story,” he continued. “We had great conversations, we danced in car parks [parking lots], we walked along the river, we sang, we got drunk. It was just wonderful.”
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