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:
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 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.
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:
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.