Woody Allen surprised by Owen Wilson

London: Hollywood director Woody Allen was sceptical about the casting of Owen Wilson in his new movie `Midnight In Paris`, because the actor is nothing like his usual leading men.

The 75-year-old director had to rewrite his script especially for Wilson after meeting the actor and realising he was perfect for the role of a romantic dreamer in the film, reported Contactmusic.

Allen admits he had `10 Things I Hate About You` star David Krumholtz in mind when he first penned the screenplay, but was swayed by Wilson.

"I thought of David Krumholtz playing him at one point. I couldn`t get the right person for it and then Owen`s name came up and I thought, `Owen, you must be kidding, he`s a beachcomber. This guy`s at home with a surfboard.`

"Then I investigated him and found out he`s a cowboy; he was born in Dallas and lives in Hawaii, so this is the opposite of who I want. But he is very talented and funny and he does have a kind of melancholy streak to him. Then I met Owen and found he`s quite bright. He`s very well read and very well spoken and not at all a cowboy. I never knew it and I didn`t suspect it from his physical image," said the director of

And Allen said that he was pleasantly surprised when it came to working with the `Wedding Crashers` star.

"He (Owen Wilson) was wonderful to work with. He brought his little mutt dog with him to Paris and the dog was on the set all the time chasing after Owen and I hate dogs. I never had an actor with a dog, but he`s great," added Allen.


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