Woody Allen has addressed the public dispute he encountered with actor Timothée Chalamet as part of his new memoir Apropos Of Nothing.
The autobiography, which has been released through Arcade Publishing following Hatchette Book Group deciding to pull the plug on the release, arrives as a controversial self-told story of the director’s career and personal life.
The 400-page memoir was originally due to be released by Grand Central Publishing, a subsidiary of Hatchette Book Group. However, in early March they announced their decision to drop Allen after their staff walked out in protest. The resulting fallout saw the publisher returning all of the rights to back the 84-year-old.
While he addresses the abuse allegations and more, Allen also discusses the public backlash he faced when actors such as Chalamet began to denounce him.
Chalamet, who was an early supporter of the ‘Time’s Up’ movement and wore a special pin to the Golden Globes at the time of its emergence, starred as the lead role in Woody Allen’s most recent film A Rainy Day In New York. The film, which was being financed by Amazon Studios, was eventually scrapped by the firm despite it being complete.
In the fall out that followed the dropping of Allen and his subsequent high-court legal battle against Amazon, Chalamet came forward and explained his regret at working with the controversial director and how he “changed the way I see and feel about so many things”.
The actor added: “I am learning that a good role isn’t the only criteria for accepting a job – that has become much clearer to me in the past few months, having witnessed the birth of a powerful movement intent on ending injustice, inequality and above all, silence.
“I have been asked in a few recent interviews about my decision to work on a film with Woody Allen last summer. I’m not able to answer the question directly because of contractual obligations. But what I can say is this: I don’t want to profit from my work on the film, and to that end, I am going to donate my entire salary to three charities: Time’s Up, the LGBT Centre in New York, and Rainn [the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network].
“I want to be worthy of standing shoulder to shoulder with the brave artists who are fighting for all the people to be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve.”
Now though, as Allen tackles the major talking points of his work and personal life as part of his new 400-page autobiography, the director has claimed Chalamet’s decision was based on hopes of improving his chances of victory at the Academy Awards. “All the three leads in ‘Rainy Day’ were excellent and a pleasure to work with,” Allen said in his book in regards to A Rainy Day In New York.
“Timothée afterward publicly stated he regretted working with me and was giving the money to charity, but he swore to my sister he needed to do that as he was up for an Oscar for ‘Call Me by Your Name,’ and he and his agent felt he had a better chance of winning if he denounced me, so he did.”
Allen concluded: “Anyhow, I didn’t regret working with him and I’m not giving any of my money back.”