Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin in San Francisco: Making of Woody Allen's 'Blue Jasmine'
12:21 PM PST 11/18/2013 by THR Staff
For his 45th film, writer-director Allen surrounded himself with faces old and new — the cast includes Allen rookies Blanchett and Andrew Dice Clay and such veterans as Baldwin and Sally Hawkins — in service of a fish-out-of-water romance that evokes both Tennessee Williams and Bernie Madoff.
For his first film in the U.S. in four years, Woody Allen chose San Francisco because he "could walk the streets, eat at the restaurants and wake up every morning looking at the bay."
Sally Hawkins and Louis C.K.
Allen was very insistent that the marketing campaign not sell Jasmine as a comedy despite the presence of actors like Louis C.K. (with Sally Hawkins).
Sally Hawkins on Andrew Dice Clay: 'He's Got Great Heart'
"He's very natural, and he's got great heart that just shows through," says Hawkins (right) of her onscreen ex-husband, Andrew Dice Clay (second from left), here in a scene with Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin.
Alec Baldwin as Jasmine's Husband, Hal
Blue Jasmine marks Baldwin's third film with Allen, after 1990's Alice and 2012's To Rome With Love. He plays Jasmine's husband, Hal.
Cate Blanchett Describes Woody Allen as 'Pragmatic'
"He's a very pragmatic, in-the-moment filmmaker," says Blanchett of Allen. "If he thinks something can be changed to make it better, he will change it."
Bobby Cannavale With Woody Allen
Bobby Cannavale (left), who portrays Ginger's beau, Chili, and Allen on the streets of San Francisco.