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Allen ponders World Trade Center loss

Woody Allen has definite ideas about how to film New York City without the World Trade Center as part of the skyline.

“I’m one person who feels that one has to treat this realistically,” he said, referring to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Allen made a rare appearance at Sunday’s Oscars ceremony at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood to introduce a montage of film clips shot in New York City. The tribute, by filmmaker Nora Ephron, included clips from Allen’s Manhattan and other films.

“I didn’t write it out but I thought about it in my shower,” Allen, who lives in New York City, told reporters.

“For over two weeks I kind of put it together in my mind and then I started to get the panicky feeling that without hot water coming down on my back I was not going to be able to do it,” he said with a laugh.