When Woody Allen had enough budget to shoot the movie in 2006, he contacted his preferred cast, but many were working on different projects and couldn't commit. When Owen Wilson's name came up for the leading role, Allen re-wrote the character to fit.
Corey Stoll was understandably nervous about playing not only the famous Ernest Hemingway, but also this particular version of Hemingway. Adding to that the fact that Woody Allen doesn't rehearse, when Stoll had to do his first scene, he didn't know whether or not he was doing the right choices as an actor. When the scene was shot, Allen made him at ease because he told him: "That was perfect. That was exactly what I wanted." Allen is known for not giving many compliments to the actors, arguing that the fact that he cast them proves he trusts their talent.
Woody Allen did not attend the 2012 Oscars Ceremony to receive the Best Original Screenplay Academy Award, continuing his trend of never appearing at the event. Allen is not a member of the Academy, though he did appear at the 2002 Oscars ceremony for a tribute to New York films after the September 11 bombings.
Midnight In Paris (2011)