Celebrated filmmaker Woody Allen was one of the several names that popped up in last year's break of #MeToo movement and even though there hasn't been any confirmation on that, the saga continues. A few days ago, actress Scarlett Johansson received some backlash on her comments apparently defending Allen and now the director himself has spoken about the proceedings.
“I've worked with hundreds of actresses [and] not one of them has ever complained about me, not a single complaint. I've worked with, employed women in the top capacity, in every capacity, for years and we've always paid them exactly the equal of men,” he said in an interview with France24. “I've done everything that the #MeToo movement would love to achieve.”
After the renewed focus on charges by his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, that the director molested her when she was 7, several of the stars from the film, including Timothee Chalamet and Rebecca Hall, expressed regret in working on the film and donated their salaries to anti-abuse charities.
Allen said the decision of the actors to not promote the film “doesn't matter,” and he said it may still get a U.S. release.
“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 U.S.” However, he said he has already moved on and completed another film, which just wrapped in Spain, and is writing his next script.
Allen said that the fallout from Farrow's allegations has not affected his work and he doesn't fear being blackballed by Hollywood.
“I couldn't care less. I've never worked in Hollywood. I've always worked in New York, and it doesn't 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'd still get up and write because that's what I do. So I will always work. What happens to it commercially is another matter.”
He continued: “I haven't thought of retiring. I don't have to make movies. If people didn't want to finance my movies I would be very happy working in the theater, or writing books, but I like to get up and write. I don't like to get up and do nothing.”