Paraphrasing Groucho Marx, Woody Allen (as Alvy Singer) said he'd never want to belong to any club that would have someone like him for a member. But how about a city so desperate to have him in that they'll foot the entire bill for a film? Thanks to Rio de Janeiro mayor Eduardo Paes, we'll soon find out.
Apparently upset that Fast Five portrayed his city as a sordid haven for crime and Vin Diesel, Paes reportedly told Brazil's O Globo he'd do "whatever it takes" to instead paint Rio as a paradise for high-brow neuroses and May-December romances with a Woody Allen film. The mayor has already tried to get the message to Allen through other means, but is now going public with an offer to even "pay 100% of the production"--a rare deal in Rio, where usually the offer of millions comes only after an abduction. Allen has yet to provide an overwrought response.