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SEATTLE (AP) _ Woody Allen, who during his stand-up days couldn't bear to hear the audience's applause, was understandably uncomfortable introducing his new film, ``The Curse of the Jade Scorpion.''

``I'm really the worst person in the world to have to introduce a film of my own. I've never done it before,'' he told a Seattle audience before a screening earlier this month. ``Because, if you ask me, when I start out to make a film, when I'm in my bedroom writing it, I always think that this is gonna be the greatest film in the world, this is gonna be my `Citizen Kane.'

``And then, I actually start to make the film and, as my friend Marshall Brickman says, the truck with compromises pulls up every day, and by the time I'm finished with the film and I start editing it, I just pray to God that I'm saved from humiliation.

``So I can't vouch for this film, in all honesty. I hope that you like it, but I can't guarantee that you will.''

``Jade Scorpion,'' which opens Aug. 24, tells the story of two insurance company employees (Allen and Helen Hunt) who can't stand each other, but who get hypnotized into committing jewel heists.