This past February, we learned that Woody Allen had decided to add a little French politics into his new film by casting Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the first lady of France, in a role. It was a surprising choice. Though the first lady is a former supermodel and singer, she'd had no previous acting experience (save a few cinematic appearances as herself). Even she seemed surprised by Allen's choice, telling the press that she's not an actress and might be "absolutely terrible" in the film.

But Allen stuck to his decision, and Midnight in Paris went into production. Just the other day, Allen shot an outdoor scene with Bruni-Sarkozy, and the plan was simple. She walks into a grocery store, comes out with a baguette. No lines. No funny business. But what should've been an in-and-out blip seems to have turned into a directorial nightmare.

The Daily Mail reports that Bruni-Sarkozy had to do her baguette scene 35 times. According to an on-looker: "She seemed to be struggling to avoid looking directly into the camera, which didn't impress Woody." "Woody was prompting Carla constantly, although he was very careful to show a lot of respect, especially as she was surrounded by security guards."

After a number of takes and discussions, Allen got what he needed. Now it might seem like this news is something fabricated by the often gossip-centric DM, but the site does include a myriad of pictures from the shoot, with Bruni-Sarkozy, Allen, and Wilson in deep discussion with flying hand-gestures. For one bread-centric shot, that's a lot of chatter and contemplation.

And this isn't just a walk-on part. One can only imagine the potential trouble that pops up during other scenes. Bruni-Sarkozy plays a museum curator in the film, so I think it's safe to assume that she gets to do more than just buy a baguette on camera.

Let's hope it turns out for the best.