LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Her third Woody Allen film in three years is about to hit US movie theatres, but Scarlett Johansson rejects suggestions that she is the legendary New York director's latest muse.
After appearing in 2005's "Match Point" and 2006's "Scoop", Johansson has teamed up with Allen once again for his much-talked about Spanish-set comedy "Vicky Cristina Barcelona", to be released here on Friday. But while Allen is happy to shower his leading lady with praise, Johansson says she does not see herself as following Diane Keaton or Mia Farrow, who starred repeatedly for the director during the 1970s and early 1990s. "I'm not his muse," Johansson told reporters at a Press event in Beverly Hills. "Every single junket that we've done so far, we always get the muse thing and we always say no, it's not that way." Johansson, 23, instead prefers to see herself as part of Allen's repertory company, viewing her collaborations with Allen as simply working with a friend. "Woody and I both appreciate how wonderful it is to work with your friends, and it's fun and we always have a great time when we do it, we entertain each other, we understand each other and we poke each other," she said. Allen, meanwhile, says that if Johansson is his muse, she is an accidental one. He points out that he only cast her in the acclaimed London-set "Match Point" after Kate Winslet withdrew at the 11th hour. In "Vicky Cristina Barcelona", Johansson's character is part of a love triangle that also includes the film's other two principal actors, Spanish stars Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. Allen is already being tipped to add to his record 14 screenwriting Oscar nominations for the comedy-drama, which early reviews have described as one of the prolific director's best for years. Predictably, much of the pre-movie buzz has focused on the love scenes involving Johansson, Oscar-winner Bardem and Cruz. Yet Johansson says the steaminess of the scenes were lost on her during filming in Barcelona.