Woody Allen has made quite interesting casting choices for his upcoming drama comedy "Blue Jasmine", and among those surprising cast members is stand-up comedian Louis C.K.. In an interview with New York Times, the 77-year-old filmmaker reveals that he is so impressed with the "Lucky Louie" creator's talent and even cannot wait to star alongside him in a buddy comedy.
Before casting him, Allen admits he had no idea who Louis C.K. was. "Someone showed me a tape of Bobby Cannavale - it was to see Bobby Cannavale, and he was in a skit with Louis C.K. Cannavale, I thought, yes, he's great and right for this part. And I said but who's that guy with him? He's wonderful," he recalls.
"So we had him in originally for the Andrew Dice Clay [cast member] part. And he read it, and he read it very well. We thought, he's so likeable. He's clearly such a sweet guy. I was dying to use him in something, so we used him to play the sweeter guy."
Allen says he has tried to figure out a comedy that he can do with the Emmy Award-winning comedian in the future. "I'm looking for some idea that would work, for the two of us to do. Of course I hope that people aren't disappointed that I don't act with him [in "Blue Jasmine"], and he doesn't have a commensurately comic part with his talent," he says.
"But some day, I will get something that we could do together, because I do think it would be fun. I'm such a great fan of his."
"Blue Jasmine" stars Cate Blanchett as a fashionable New York socialite who soon discovers that her rich husband is a criminal. It is due out July 26 in the U.S.