This Saturday Elle Fanning mentioned that she “regrets” that her taking part in the movie “A Rainy Day in New York” by Woody Allen may “hurt anyone in the process”.
“I regret if my decision to work with anyone hurt anyone in the process, because it’s never your intent to do [so],” said Fanning during an interview at SXSW. “I’m a huge supporter of women and working with women and [“Galveston” director] Mélanie [Laurent].”
After recent allegations of sexual assault, many famous actors refuse to work with Woody Allen, 82-year-old American filmmaker.
David Krumholtz, for example, said that he regrets working with Allen in his recent film, and called it a heartbreaking mistake.
Greta Gerwig, who starred in “To Rome With Love”, Allen’s 2012 movie, also made a similar point, saying that she didn’t want to work with him in the future and would never have worked with him in the first place had she known about those accusations against him.
Peter Sarsgaard, actor who had worked with Woody Allen back in 2013, starring in the film “Blue Jasmine”, also said that he would turn down another chance to work with the director.
Rebecca Hall and Timothée Chalamet, who both take a part in “A Rainy Day in New York” beside Elle Fanning, while not being so radical as to quit the filming outright, are donating their income to the LGBT Center in New York, Time’s Up movement, and RAINN, America’s largest anti-sexual violence organization.
The day after the Weinstein accusation broke in full force I was shooting a day of work on Woody Allen’s latest movie in New York. I couldn’t have imagined somewhere stranger to be that day. When asked to do so, some seven months ago, I quickly said yes. He gave me one of my first significant roles in film for which I have always been grateful, it was one day in my hometown – easy. I have, however subsequently realized there is nothing easy about any of this. In the weeks following I have thought very deeply about this decision, and remain conflicted and saddened. After reading and re-reading Dylan Farrow’s statements of a few days ago and going back and reading the older ones – I see, not only how complicated this matter is, but that my actions have made another woman feel silenced and dismissed. That is not something that sits easily with me in the current or indeed any moment, and I am profoundly sorry. I regret this decision and wouldn’t make the same one today. It’s a small gesture and not one intended as close to compensation but I’ve donated my wage to @timesup. I’ve also signed up, will continue to donate, and look forward to working with and being part of this positive movement towards change not just in Hollywood but hopefully everywhere. #timesup
Fanning mentioned that she would also join her colleagues in their donations to Time’s Up: “This conversation that we’re having needs to be had for sure and it needs to be continued. I’m a huge supporter of all of that.”
The allegations against Woody Allen are coming from his adoptive daughter, Dylan Farrow, and her mother, Mia Farrow. Back in 1992, Dylan Farrow already accused him of sexual harassment, but Allen denied her claims, calling them devices of her mother.
Back then the situation was investigated, but Allen himself was never charged, and over time the whole story got almost forgotten. However, Mia Farrow recently brought public attention to the case again by writing an open letter to the New York Times, where she described her experience.
In December, she published another letter in the Los-Angeles Times, where she blamed Greta Gerwig, Kate Winslet and Blake Lively for working with Allen.