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'Do I really care?' Woody Allen comes out fighting

By Hadley Freeman

 

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‘It’s like being told I murdered six people with a machine gun’ ... Woody Allen. Photograph: Arnaud Journois/Maxppp/PA Images

 

The 1992 accusation that the film-maker sexually assaulted his young daughter has made him a pariah, yet he was never charged.

 

In this exclusive interview, he explains why he is done with treading carefully.

 

When Woody Allen was 20, the writer Danny Simon taught him a few rules about comedy, the most important of which was this: always trust your own judgment, because external opinion is meaningless.

 

Allen recounts this tale in his recently published memoir, Apropos of Nothing.

 

Full Story: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2020/may/29/do-i-really-care-woody-allen-comes-out-fighting

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Yes , a woman can ruin a man's reputation by just pretending that he's done something to her ...

Lucky that I lost my good  "reputation" a long time ago . Now I am free , and do not have to care about that anymore ... 55

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13 hours ago, OneMoreFarang said:

no women would ever lie about such things

True story.. a friend of mine in USA wanted to come visit here.. he was separated from his wife... when he mentioned coming to visit me, she threatened to bash in her own face with a baseball bat and go to the police and say he did it... 

 

As to Woody - I don't believe he did it, but marrying your step daughter is still a bit creepy... Midnight in Paris was a great movie. 

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1 hour ago, Langsuan Man said:

We are now supposed to believe this creep who had an affair with his 21 year old step daughter, who he eventually married and we are supposed to feel sorry for how his life was ruined 

 

 Pariah is the most appropriate description of Woody Allen I can come up with

Most guys like pretty young (and legal) girls. Some do it openly and other pretend that they only like old women.

And having an affair with a 21 old is not illegal - at least until now but I am not sure about every state in America.

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Woody never got his "day in court".

Last time I looked he and his bride are still together after all these decades

Part of the vitriol is due to prevalent disapproval of older man with much younger wife, doubly so if wife is Asian ethnic origin.

I loved Midnight in Paris too

Memories can be implanted. Watch this vid for interesting info regarding that, from highly regarded pro

https://youtu.be/PB2OegI6wvI

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2 hours ago, Langsuan Man said:

We are now supposed to believe this creep who had an affair with his 21 year old step daughter, who he eventually married and we are supposed to feel sorry for how his life was ruined 

 

 Pariah is the most appropriate description of Woody Allen I can come up with

Perhaps you would not mind the whole world thinking that you raped your daughter when she was a child. But others definitely do mind, terribly. Especially when people you thought were your friend start talking to the media saying they will never work with you again.

 

People will be talking about this in 50 years time in the same way as they talk about MacCarthyism and blacklists/witchhunts in Hollywood back in the 1950s.

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During the inevitably acrimonious breakup, Farrow accused him of sexually assaulting their seven-year-old adopted daughter, Dylan. (Allen and Farrow also have an adopted son, Moses, then 14, and a biological son, Satchel, then four, now known as Ronan, the journalist. At this point, Farrow also had six older children of her own, including Soon-Yi.) According to contemporaneous news reports, as well as accusing Allen of molesting Dylan, Farrow testified that she thought Allen might be gay and abuse Satchel.

 

Huh? One has to be a complete pathological freak, to sexually abuse a 7 year old. And then on top of that, she levels charges that "maybe he is gay"? And maybe my four year old son is not safe? Those sound like words of utter desperation, from a shrill, thwarted, older, unattractive, and pathetic woman, who is being spurned, and had a career that was basically over, and on top of that, her adopted daughter decides to take off with her husband! No wonder she is bitter! 

 

I have some sympathy for "me too", when charges are leveled at a man such as Weinstein, where you have multiple witnesses over many years. But this? Hogwash. Nonsense. The only reality in all of this, is that he got with his own step daughter. Some find that creepy. I think it is a bit odd, but I tend to be reasonable in my judgment of another man, and worse offenses have been committed. It was totally consensual, and she seems quite happy in the marriage.

 

And he has paid a huge price for it, with very, very cowardly actors like Timothee Chalamet, Colon Firth, Greta Gerwig, Peter Saarsgard (an amazing actor), Mira Sorvino, Natalie Portman, Rachel Wood, and Rebecca Hall refusing to work for him. Though many have stood up for him, and refused to condemn him based on rumors and the allegation of one very bitter woman, including Scarlett Johanssen (she has perhaps the most to lose, as she is at the peak of her career), Selana Gomez, Blake Lively, Kate Winslet, Kate Blanchett, Diane Keaton, Jeff Goldblum, Javier Bardam, Elle Fanning, Dianne Weist, Alan Alda, Angelica Huston, Emily Mortimer, Penelope Cruz, Kristen Stewart ((Café Society): “At the end of the day, Jesse [Eisenberg] and I talked about this. If we were persecuted for the amount of stuff that’s been said about us that’s not true, our lives would be over. The experience of making the movie was so outside of that, it was fruitful for the two of us to go on with it.”), Diego Luna, Jude Law, Antonio Banderas, and many others, who are courageous, and have some conviction, and are unwilling to convict someone in the court of public opinion. I admire these actors who are not willing to jump on the me too bandwagon, and pass judgment over a very harsh accusation, that has never been proven. 

 

"I love Woody,” Johansson told the Hollywood Reporter. “I believe him, and I would work with him anytime.” 

 

"I didn't know Woody and I don't know anything about that family," Winslet said. "As the actor in the film, you just have to step away and say, I don't know anything, really, and whether any of it is true or false. Having thought it all through, you put it to one side and just work with the person." She also described the experience of working with Allen as "extraordinary."

 

Keaton is one of Allen's long-time collaborators—they worked together in 1977's iconic Annie Hall—and his one-time romantic partner. When she was asked by The Guardian about the accusations against Allen, she said, "I have nothing to say about that. Except: I believe my friend."

 

Gina Gershon was quoted as saying, "I don't believe that to be true. You should really do all of the research and read all of the articles before believing that. It's really important to make up your own mind and not go by what the masses claim. I've done extensive research and I can say with very clear conscience that I'm so happy to be working with him. This man is not a sexual predator!"

 

“He’s a genius. I would work with him tomorrow,” Bardem said Monday at the Lumiere Film Festival, according to Variety. The actor, 49, said that despite the explosion of the #MeToo movement, Allen’s legal status has remained the same since they first worked together over a decade ago, and he has never been convicted of a crime. “Today, 11 years later, it is the same accusation. Public accusations are very dangerous. If some day there is a trial and it’s proven to be true, I would change my opinion, but at this moment, nothing has changed,” he said.

 

 

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4 hours ago, kenk24 said:

Midnight in Paris was a great movie. 

Nah, absolutely nowhere near 'great' it was decent, but certainly no more than that.

 

I like a lot of his films, although he has done some stinkers too. For me his best film is Match Point.

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