"Even the phone terrified me. When we sent you the script and you wanted to do it that was fine with me. Then I got the call from (casting director) Juliet Taylor saying: 'Cate would like to speak to you on the phone'... When I cast Marion Cotillard, they said: 'She wants to do it, but she would like to talk to you on the phone for a few minutes.' And Colin Firth too: he wanted to talk to me on the phone. My heart always sinks." Woody Allen tells Cate Blanchett he hates talking on the phone to potential actors for roles in his movies.