Woody Allen: “My wife thinks that I have no friends – and maybe she’s right”

Johannes Bonke in Out of Order:

ScreenHunter_03 Feb. 19 10.53Mr. Allen, would you say that a man can love two women at the same time?

More than two. (Laughs) I think you can. I think all those possibilities are true. That’s why romance is a very difficult and painful, very hard thing, very complicated thing. You can. You can be with your wife, very happily married, and then you meet some woman and you love her. But you love your wife, too. And you also love that one. If she’s met some man and she loves the man and she loves you. And then you meet somebody else and now there are three of you. (Laughs) So why only one person? I think it’s important to control yourself because life gets too complicated if you don’t, but the impulse is often there for people.

So society should be more open?

I don’t know, I don’t think that works either. I think it’s a lose-lose situation. If you pursue the other woman, it’s a losing situation and it’s not good for your relationship or your marriage. If your marriage is open and you’re allowed to, that’s no good either. There’s no way, really in the end, to be happy unless you get very lucky.

In the same way as you can love two women, can you love two or more cities? At least you are shooting in very different ones lately…

Yeah, cities, it’s easier. One city doesn’t get annoyed that you love another city, you know. Whereas with people…

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