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Sep 13, 2010 8:22 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Woody Allen defends his latest find, Bruni-Sarkozy

Woody Allen loves shooting in Paris. He doesn't care for the gossip about one of his co-stars, France's first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.

Allen says he was shocked at gossip column reports that Bruni-Sarkozy was a handful on the set of his romantic comedy "Midnight in Paris" or that he reshot her scenes with another actress and cut her from the film.

Reports that it took Bruni-Sarkozy 32 takes to shoot a scene were false, Allen said in an interview Sunday at the Toronto International Film Festival, where his comic drama "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger" played. Allen said he did a typical eight or 10 takes with Bruni-Sarkozy.

He also said she was not replaced and that her scenes remain in the film.

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