But Allen stuck to his decision, and Midnight in Paris went into production. Just the other day, Allen shot an outdoor scene with Bruni-Sarkozy, and the plan was simple. She walks into a grocery store, comes out with a baguette. No lines. No funny business. But what should've been an in-and-out blip seems to have turned into a directorial nightmare.
The Daily Mail reports that Bruni-Sarkozy had to do her baguette scene 35 times. According to an on-looker: "She seemed to be struggling to avoid looking directly into the camera, which didn't impress Woody." "Woody was prompting Carla constantly, although he was very careful to show a lot of respect, especially as she was surrounded by security guards."
After a number of takes and discussions, Allen got what he needed. Now it might seem like this news is something fabricated by the often gossip-centric DM, but the site does include a myriad of pictures from the shoot, with Bruni-Sarkozy, Allen, and Wilson in deep discussion with flying hand-gestures. For one bread-centric shot, that's a lot of chatter and contemplation.
And this isn't just a walk-on part. One can only imagine the potential trouble that pops up during other scenes. Bruni-Sarkozy plays a museum curator in the film, so I think it's safe to assume that she gets to do more than just buy a baguette on camera.
Let's hope it turns out for the best.