June 26, 2001 01:30 PM

Woody Allen, 65, wants you to stop laughing at him, reports PEOPLE. His latest movie, the 1940s-style comedy “The Curse of the Jade Scorpion,” set to open Aug. 10, is his 35th movie (as a director) in the past 35 years, which proves that he’s prolific. But how about serious? “I would much rather be Eugene O’Neill or Tennessee Williams than (have) a comic persona,” the Woodman said at a weekend press conference in New York. “That’s not who I am, but I would love to try some more dramas before I’m finished working.” Asked if he would draw on his own life for serious projects (which would therefore have to include his child custody fight with his ex, Mia Farrow, as well as the current legal battle with longtime pal and business partner Jean Doumanian), he replied: “I’m sure I would, because it’s the path of least resistance. And I always take that.” Meanwhile, Doumanian has fired back at Allen’s legal claims that she cheated him out of earnings from eight of his films. In court papers filed Monday in New York State Supreme Court, lawyers for Doumanian, her partner Jacqui Safra and their Sweetland Films stated that Allen has misrepresented the terms of their long-standing agreement. She is now suing him for breach of contract, and states that she took on Allen as a filmmaker after TriStar studios dropped him because of scandals in his personal life.

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