Jacki Weaver sure found a great role to follow up her Oscar-nominated turn in Silver Linings Playbook. And the fact that it came in a movie written and directed by someone -- Woody Allen -- she never even dared dreamed of working with, all the better.
“I’d been a Woody Allen fan for decades,” Weaver told us in our exclusive video interview. “As a teenager I used to plagiarize his stand-up routines!”
"For most actors he is a genius and one of the greatest filmmakers of all time and I had him on a pedestal,” Weaver said.
“It was never on my agenda to work with him. I just never thought it was possible. When he asked me to come to his office and asked me to be in his movie, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. I can’t say it was a dream come true because I didn’t dare to dream such a thing.”
As teased in the Magic in the Moonlight trailer, Weaver plays a wealthy woman living in the South of France who has employed Emma Stone’s mystic to help her get in touch with her dead husband. Meanwhile, Colin Firth plays a world-renowned magician who is an expert at debunking supernatural frauds.
Weaver also talks the joy of those séance scenes with the entire cast and talks about all the boys showing off… “especially Firthy.”