Timothee Chalamet's Woody Allen Comments Are Seriously Frustrating To Fans
Call Me By Your Name's breakout performer Timothée Chalamet won't currently comment on director Woody Allen, but he's waiting to say it. In an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour, Chalamet, who appears in Allen's upcoming film Rainy Day in New York, told Amanpour that he would speak on Allen's misconduct allegations if and when the movie is released. The actor claimed that he wanted to delay addressing the sexual abuse accusations Dylan Farrow has lodged as her estranged, adopted father, until this later date, because what he will say will "anger people."
During the CNN interview, Chalamet appeared with his Call Me By Your Name co-lead and love interest Armie Hammer. Amanpour turned the attention from the current award-contending film, to the younger actor's film with Allen, which also stars Selena Gomez, Elle Fanning, Jude Law, and Liev Schreiber. Amanpour asked:
Do you have any qualms about working with Woody Allen? Your next film has him as the director and as you know he's been accused by his daughter of sexual abuse. He's never been charged, he hasn't been arrested, none of that. But I wonder if you think about it and whether you ask how has he escaped the #MeToo revolution."
Chalamet did not let on to his personal beliefs regarding Farrow's allegations and how they fit into the #MeToo movement, explaining that he would reveal his thoughts on the subject later. He replied:
"It's gonna be really important for me to talk about that … I hesitate to talk about it right now because what I say is only gonna anger people. So when that films comes out, if it comes out, that's gonna be really important to talk about, but that's not the time right now."
It is unclear if Chalamet believes that he will "anger people" with what he has to say because many people who admire Allen's work do not believe the allegations and are offended when actors support Farrow's claim, or because he wishes to defend Allen, a man many other people believe is guilty of the alleged sexual assault.
Farrow originally claimed that Allen inappropriately touched her when she was seven years old, shortly after Allen had formally adopted her in the early 1990s. Allen has denied all allegations. Though Allen was never criminally charged, a judge cited Farrow's testimony when he granted her mother Mia Farrow custody in 1993, and denied Allen visitation rights with Dylan. Dylan Farrow maintained her allegations in a 2014 essay for the New York Times.
"I hope these women change the world. That said, the people who join this movement without taking any kind of personal accountability for the ways in which their own words and decisions have helped to perpetuate the culture they are fighting against, that’s hard for me to reconcile.”
Timotheé Chalamet was one of the many actors at the Golden Globes to wear all black in a show of solidarity with the Times Up movement.
Earlier this week, Chalamet's Lady Bird director, Greta Gerwig told the New York Times that she regrets working with Allen on his 2012 film To Rome with Love. She told the Times:
"If I had known then what I know now, I would not have acted in the film. I have not worked for him again, and I will not work for him again. Dylan Farrow’s two different pieces made me realize that I increased another woman’s pain, and I was heartbroken by that realization."
Several other actors who worked with Allen in the past have also expressed their regrets. David Krumholtz tweeted, "I deeply regret working with Woody Allen on Wonder Wheel." And Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite) wrote an open letter to Farrow voicing her support for Farrow's claims, writing, "I believe you!"
Whether Chalamet denounces Allen or defends him with the release of Rainy Day in New York remains to be seen. What is clear is that the entertainment industry is not done talking about the allegations and how they should affect Allen's career moving forward.