Film Writer/Director Woody Allen says that he is a “poster boy” for the controversial #MeToo movement and says he does not care that parts of Hollywood and the film industry shunned him.
“I have worked with hundreds of actresses; not 1 of them has ever complained about me, not a single complaint. I have worked with, employed women in the Top capacities, in every capacity, for years and we have always paid them exactly the equal of men,” Mr. Allen said in an interview with France24. “I have done everything that the #MeToo movement would love to achieve with everybody.”
When asked if he regretted calling himself a “poster boy” for the #MeToo movement in a Y 2018 interview, the director stood by the statement, saying, “I should be.“
Amazon Studios (NASDAQ:AMZN)shelved Allen’s “A Rainy Day in New York” for US release after the #MeToo movement prompted renewed scrutiny over Mr. Allen’s Y 1991 alleged molestation of his then 7-year-old adopted daughter Dylan Farrow. The film is still set to open across Europe and will have its premiere at the Deauville Film Festival in France next Friday.
“To me, the movie is being released all over the world,” he said. “If people enjoy the movie, I think it will eventually be released in the US.”
Allen claims he does not care about the financial toll of so many in Hollywood distancing themselves from him.
“I could not care less. I have never worked in Hollywood. I have always worked in New York, and it does not matter to me for a second. If tomorrow nobody would finance my films and nobody would finance my theater plays or nobody would publish my books, I would still get up and write because that’s what I do,” he said. “So I will always work. What happens to it commercially is another matter.”
I have seen every Woody Allen film and will see ‘A Rainy Day in New York‘ too.
Have a terrific weekend.