“Woody Allen no longer jokes about death, says Douglas McGrath in the latest issue of ‘Interview.’

Black humor has long been a hallmark of Allen’s career, but at 72, aging and dying are too real to serve as punch lines of an existential joke.

“There’s nothing good about getting older,” he says. “Absolutely nothing. Your body breaks down and you’re closer to death. So that’s an unbeatable combination.”

Any advantages that age confers, he feels are vastly overrated.

“You do gain a couple of things – a little bittersweet and sour wisdom from your heartbreaks and failures. But what you lose is so catastrophic in every other way.”

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