A growing number of actors are distancing themselves from Woody Allen and his next film, raising questions about the future of the prolific 82-year-old filmmaker in a Hollywood recently sensitive to allegations of sexual misconduct.
Timothee Chalamet on Tuesday said he will donate his salary for Woody Allen's upcoming film to three charities that fight against sexual harassment and abuse: Time's Up, the LGBT Center in New York and RAINN. The rising star of "Call me by your name" announced on Instagram that he did not want to take advantage of his work on Allen's "A Rainy Day in New York," which wrapped filming in the fall.
"I want to be worthy of being side by side with the brave artists who fight for all people to be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve," Chalamet said.
Chalamet is the last cast member of an Allen production to express regret or guilt for being professionally associated with the director. In recent weeks, Rebecca Hall ("A Rainy Day in New York", "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"), Mira Sorvino ("Mighty Aphrodite"), Ellen Page ("To Rome with love"), David Krumholtz ("Wonder Wheel "") and Griffith Newman ("A rainy day in New York") distanced themselves from Allen or promised not to work with him again.
The growing chorus suggests that Allen's future could be greater, particularly challenging, even for a director whose personal controversies have for decades turned him into a beloved and vilified figure in the movies.Financial support for the filmmaker has not been reduced in part due to the enthusiasm that many stars have for working with a film legend. It can be increasingly difficult for Allen in a film industry in the midst of a "Me Too."
"If I had known what I know now, I would not have acted in the film," Greta Gerwig, who co-starred in the film. Al comedy len of 2012 "To Rome With Love", told The New York Times last week. "I have not worked for him again, and I will not work for him again." The two different pieces by Dylan Farrow made me realize that another woman's pain was increasing, and I was disconsolate with that understanding. "
Dylan Farrow, adopted by Allen Daughter, has said that Allen abused her in an attic in 1992 when she was seven years old. Allen, who has long denied the allegations, was investigated for the incident but not charged.
Farrow has previously questioned why the "Me too" movement has not entangled Allen. In an editorial published last month in The Los Angeles Times, she wrote: "Why Harvey Weinstein and other accused celebrities have been driven out by Hollywood, while Allen recently secured a multi-million dollar distribution deal with Amazon, enlightened by Roy Price, a former Amazon Studios executive, before being suspended on charges of sexual misconduct "
Price, the former director of Amazon Studios, resigned in October after alleging that he sexually harassed television producer Isa Hackett while working at the Amazon. The series "The man in the high castle"
"A rainy day in New York" is Allen's fourth project with Amazon, which strongly bet on the filmmaker to help establish his film production arm as the home of author filmmakers . He reportedly spent $ 80 million to attract Allen to television to make the 2016 series "Crisis in Six Scenes."
Amazon, which did not respond to Tuesday's inquiries, also distributed Allen's "Cafe Society" in 2016 and "Wonder Wheel," which opened on December 1. It has raised just $ 1.4 million in the country with an estimated budget of $ 25 million, but was more successful abroad, raising $ 7.8 million.
"A rainy day in New York," a romantic comedy that will take place sometime in the year, also stars Selena Gomez, Jude Law, Liev Schreiber and Elle Fanning. In his statement, Chalamet said that due to "contractual obligations" he could not comment on the long-standing accusations against Allen.
The announcement of Chalamet, a favorite candidate for the Oscar for best actor this year, followed a similar Friday for his co-star Hall. She said she was donating her movie salary to Time & # 39; s Up, the recently formed initiative to combat gender inequality in the entertainment industry. "It's a small gesture and not one so close to compensation," Hall wrote on Instagram.
Some continued to publicly support Allen, including Alec Baldwin.
"Woody Allen was investigated forensically by two states (NY and CT) and no charges were filed," Baldwin said Tuesday on Twitter. "The resignation of him and his work, without a doubt, has some purpose, but it is unfair and sad for me, I worked with Woody Allen three times and it was one of the privileges of my career"