In a display of hubris that is uncharacteristic of legendary filmmakers with decades-long careers, Woody Allen recently told British TV program Daybreak that he would have no compunction about approaching Michelle Obama to act in one of his films. "If I was in a room with Michelle Obama, and I thought she was right for a part, I wouldn't hesitate to ask her," Allen said. Having recently cast first lady of France (FLOF) Carla Bruni as a tour guide in his latest film Midnight in Paris, the acclaimed writer/director has apparently developed quite an interest in the uber-chic wives of world leaders. (But he has yet to extend the same offer to First Lady of Cameroon Chantal Biya, whose breathtakingly minimalist approach to personal style puts the FLOF and the FLOTUS to shame.)
Granted, the chances of the First Lady responding affirmatively to Allen's request are slim to none. But it's nonetheless tempting to wonder what kind of role he would write for her. Would she play a whimsical, floppy brimmed hat-wearing Annie Hall type, chasing after lobsters while dining with Estonian dignitaries at Camp David? Or would she fall more into the Scarlett Johansson mold, wearing tight V-necks and breathing heavily while shoving organic kumquats down the gullets of urban elementary schoolers? We'll probably never know what Woody has in mind for Michelle Obama, but we can safely assume that he wouldn't have posed the same offer to Laura Bush when GW was in office, even though that might've made Match Point a much better (and much sexier?…) movie.