Carla Bruni-Sarkozy fluffs scene in Woody Allen film

France’s first lady needs 35 takes

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy apparently took 35 takes to perfect a scene in the new Woody Allen film in Paris .

The French first lady and former supermodel has a cameo playing a museum curator in the romantic comedy Midnight In Paris, in which a young engaged couple find their lives in upheaval during a trip to Paris.

Bruni-Sarkozy took 35 takes to film a dialogue-free scene in which she walked out of a shop holding a baguette, reports The Daily Mail.

An onlooker said Bruni-Sarkozy was “struggling to avoid looking directly into the camera, which didn’t impress Woody Allen… the baguette scene could not have been simpler, but Carla wanted to make it a big one”.


French president Nicolas Sarkozy was surrounded by bodyguards while watching his wife, 42, shoot the scene opposite Owen Wilson.

The former model has no prior acting experience, but has played herself on film twice – in the 1994 Robert Altman film Prêt-à-Porter and in the 1998 French comedy Paparazzi.

Speaking about her role in the film last November, Bruni-Sarkozy said she was looking forward to “a great experience” but admitted, “I’m not at all an actress. Maybe I’ll be absolutely terrible.”

She added: “I’d like to, you know, when I’m a grandmother, to have done a Woody Allen film.”

The film co-stars Oscar winners Marion Cotillard and Kathy Bates and Rachel McAdams.