NEW YORK – No wonder Woody Allen's recent films haven't done well at the box office — his own producer doesn't bother going to see them.
Testifying for a second day for Allen's lawsuit against him, his former producer, Jacqui Safra, said he's "never willingly seen any" of his most famous client's flicks.
Allen apparently doesn't think much of Safra's work either — he's suing him for more than $14 million in profits he's alleging the international moneyman and his girlfriend Jean Doumanian skimmed while they were working together.
Safra produced and financed seven of Allen's movies between 1993 and 2000, and even though he put in about $20 million per movie, he said he never had an interest in seeing the final product.
He told Allen lawyer Michael Zweig that he did catch some of Allen's flicks, but only because "I was dragged to see them." He said he still hasn't seen Celebrity or Small Time Crooks, both of which he produced.
"I don't go to movies," he said matter-of-factly.
The bizarre admission came while Zweig was questioning the millionaire about other movies Safra's Sweetland company has produced.
Zweig argues that Sweetland shortchanged Allen by packaging his movies overseas with other obscure Sweetland titles, such as Story of a Bad Boy, Into My Heart, Cherry Pink, Women Talking Dirty and Sunburn.
Safra said he hadn't bothered to see any of those movies, and couldn't remember who starred in them, with the exception of Helena Bonham Carter in Talking Dirty.
"Did you see that?" Zweig asked. "No," Safra said.
"How about Sunburn? Have you ever seen that one?" Zweig asked. "No," Safra said, leading Zweig to crack, "Has anyone?"
Zweig also went after Safra's contention that he struck a deal with Allen, during a 10-minute conversation at dinner, on the exact terms of the final four movies they did together.
"Did you tell him maybe you should go speak to your business manager about this?" Zweig asked. "No," Safra answered. "Did you ever ask your lawyers to put this in writing?" Zweig asked. "No," Safra answered.