“…when I was a comic, I’d be on the Johnny Carson show, I’d take over the Johnny Carson show, I’d host it and promote and promote. The next week I’d go to Vegas, and they’d start moving around the potted plants to make the room look smaller. And they’d move them in so it didn’t look so empty,” Woody Allen recently told New York Observer. “I’ve never been a draw in my life, in any medium … my record album came out when Newhart, Shelley Berman, Cosby, Mort Sahl, Nichols and May [all had hits]. And I was a hot comic at the time. Very disappointing.” And so Allen’s six decade exploration in self-deprecation continues. He also told the newspaper about a long-gestating movie project he’d like to make regarding Hollywood legend Bob Hope. But he claims few would want to see it.
With his latest “Magic In The Moonlight” in theaters, and his next film now shooting, the ever prolific Allen perpetually generates movie concepts. “I just finished reading this wonderful biography of Bob Hope, by Richard Zoglin. For me, it’s a feast. Full of funny lines, quotes you can hear Hope saying,” Allen said. “I would love to make a Bob Hope movie, even an homage to Hope called ‘Hope Springs Eternal,’ but I fear no one would see it. I’m always defending him to people.”
Hope enjoyed massive success in almost every medium in his lifetime — movies, TV, radio — and he was at the height of his powers when Allen was getting into the comedy game. We’d really like to see Allen do a biopic, and certainly the Hollywood of that time (coupled with Hope’s occasionally unsavory activities off-camera) would surely be right up Allen’s street. But for now, you can file it with Allen’s talk of doing a movie with Louis C.K., and possibly returning to standup.