Movies.com: Woody gets elliptical in this movie, bringing back the “ozymandias melancholia” phrase that he used in Stardust Memories – is there anything you do to ensure you don’t come down with a permanent case of that, as an artist?
Eisenberg: Yeah, it’s strange – it always feels a little Faustian, going to some of these events and parties, because it feels you must be testing fate – like you’re going to get into a car accident on the way home from them, or something. Because it just feels, like, creepily exciting. But it’s probably best to suffer in some way, at least to compensate for the good things that occur. So I don’t know if that means getting a cat that you’re allergic to, or something – just to make yourself aware that there’s still suffering and asphyxiation to be had.
At the Paris Theatre screening, Greta Gerwig said that meals on Italian film sets do not consist of regular craft-services fare. “First of all, I ate so much pasta. I was so lucky, all the costumes were big and flowy,” she said. “And also, we had these three-hour lunch breaks. I’m not kidding, me, Jesse, Ellen [Page], and our driver, Spartacus, would go in the Italian countryside to eat pasta and drink wine, in the middle of a shoot day! And that was totally normal. It was the most amazing thing.”
Gerwig also said that in their downtime, Eisenberg had difficulty going incognito around Rome. “Our first couple days we didn’t have a lot to do, so we went to the Coliseum, and we stuck out because everybody recognized Jesse,” she said, laughing. “So that was its own level of, like, not only are you an American, but there’s this other level.”
The most fun thing about the set for me was, in addition to working with these great actors who are very funny, was to watch Woody Allen work because he is my favorite director. So to get to watch him direct is so exciting. He’s so quick, he’s so funny and casual. It’s just a unique and thrilling experience.