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Jesse Eisenberg Received Cease & Desist from Woody Allen

The Social Network star recalls receiving a warning from Woody Allen's lawyers

By: Ashley Baylen

Published: November 1st, 2011 in Culture » Film » News

Jesse Eisenberg Received Cease & Desist from Woody Allen

Isn’t life funny? One minute you’re receiving a cease and desist letter from Woody Allen’s lawyers and the next minute you’re asked to star in his upcoming film, The Decameron. Ok, so it wasn’t literally within a minute’s time… more like a decade or so, but you get where I’m going.

On last night’s episode of The Late Show With David Letterman, Jesse Eisenberg revealed that as a teenager he wrote a script about Woody Allen changing his name from Allen Stewart Konigsberg. His acting agent at the time assisted the young Eisenberg in getting the script into the right hands.

"The first kind of play I wrote was actually about Woody Allen changing his name to Woody Allen... I wrote the script and I sent it to an agent who was helping me out with my acting and they sent it to a friend, and it got to his lawyer,” Eisenberg said on Letterman.

"And my father came into my room one day and he was like, 'Well, I have really good news and kind of really bad news.' And I said, 'Oh really, what's the good news?' (He said), 'Er, they read your script.' And I was like, 'What's the bad news?' (And he said), 'We got a cease and desist letter from the lawyers.'"

The legal rejection did not deter Eisenberg from pursuing his dreams though.

"I was so thrilled to have any kind of communication because up until that point I had nothing."

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