Woody: I try to be tolerant

Woody Allen

Woody Allen has become more “tolerant” as he has gotten older.

The 77-year-old direction prizes himself in being compassionate when encountering people from different walks of life.

He feels this feeling has grown with age and he can now relate to others in the film industry a lot more than he use to when he was younger.

“Over the years you get to see what a struggle life is for most people, how tough it is, how easy it is to be judgmental and criticize and stand outside of situations and impart your wisdom and judgment. But over the decades I’ve got more tolerant of people’s flaws and mistakes,” he admitted to British newspaper The Guardian.

“Everybody makes a lot of them. When you’re younger you feel: ‘Hey, this person is evil’ or ‘This person is a jerk’ or stupid or ‘What’s wrong with them?’ Then you go through life and you think: ‘Well, it’s not so easy.’ There’s a lot of mystery and suffering and complication. Everybody’s out there trying to do the best they can. And it’s not such an easy business.”

Woody – who has been married to wife Soon-Yi Previn since 1997 – also believes he has an understanding of a woman’s mind. Having written strong female leads in his many films, such as Cate Blanchett in his latest movie Blue Jasmine, he thinks women should strive to be independent and live exciting lives.

“I think it’s a reasonable feeling [for women], the hope to meet somebody who can give them a life of some security and enjoyment. Someone who’ll give them something better than they have – or, in upper-class families, at least as good as what they have,” he continued. “They don’t wanna marry down. I imagine that would be not too thrilling a proposition.”

Overall Woody thinks men have it easier in life. He puts this down to their different approaches and actions when it comes to accomplishing what they want.

“Men have long had it more straightforward,” he added. “They feel they have more control. They’ll get a job or they’ll steal the money or they’ll do something to better their circumstances. They’re not dependent on their spouse for improvement.”

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