Woody Allen: ‘Religion and Faith is Better Than Nothing’

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Woody AllenWOODY Allen says having faith in “something” is “better than nothing”.

The director — who turns 75 today, December 1 — says his new film, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, was influenced by themes such as fortune-telling and religion.

“I had known people that put their faith in fortune-telling and they were fairly intelligent people except for that weakness. I always thought that was the most ridiculous thing in the world, but then I started to think, ‘Better to have something than nothing,’” he told Total Film magazine.

“Some people have faith in astrology, in fortune-telling, Catholicism, Judaism; as long as you have something it seemed to me that it was better than nothing.”

Woody — who is twice-divorced — recently insisted there is no secret recipe to a happy home life, because it’s all down to luck!

“We think we can control it and we think we know what we’re doing, but it’s largely dependent on luck,” said the movie maker, who has been married to Soon-Yi Previn, the adopted daughter of his ex-wife Mia Farrow, for the past 13 years.

“If you’re very lucky, you may just have a happy relationship. And if you’re unlucky, all logical reasons in the world don’t seem to make sense. So you meet somebody, you’re attracted to somebody, and the exquisite neurons in the brain mesh properly and things can be wonderful and things are not like homework.

“You shouldn’t have to work at your relationship; it’s not like the treadmill. It’s pleasurable. But it’s hard to hit that jackpot and get lucky. You think that you can control it, but it’s not really so.”


  • Jay

    So putting your faith in something harmful is BETTER than not doing it? What kind of twisted logic is that?

  • Mickey

    Mia Farrow is not Woody Allen’s ex-wife, as this article asserts. Allen and Farrow were not married and never lived together.

  • Alan Kornstein

    Love and Death was still Woody’s best movie.

    • Dan

      What? Are you God? Love and Death..in your opinion…was Woody’s best movie.

  • Jeff

    It looks like Woody’s losing his grip with that comment, since believing in just *anything* is simply asinine. So now he’s okay with astrology because it makes some people feel better? How sappy and uncritical can you get! Next he’ll turn to Orthodox Judaism and go around beating up his wife and hating homosexuals.

    Well, we had him for a good long time but perhaps he should retire now so he can babble in private while he loses the rest of his marbles.

  • AntiJeff

    I didn’t know astrology, fortune-telling, Catholicism, and Judaism were harmful. I guess I must be losing my marbles too. I know Maher paints a ridiculously onesided picture of the perils of religion in his movie Religulous, without even touching on whether religious mythology has any merit. I’m sure if Woody expounded on his statement–or if this article did regarding the interview–he wouldn’t be on the side of endorsing anything harmful. Now all you naysayers go smoke your cigs and have some more junk food. And don’t forget to pollute in your car on the way to work!