Timothée Chalamet Promises Salary From Woody Allen Film to Charity
Posted January 16, 2018 4:05 p.m. EST
Timothée Chalamet, the breakout star of the movie “Call Me By Your Name,” has become the latest actor to distance himself from Woody Allen, announcing that he is donating the salary from his role in Allen’s latest film to charities fighting sexual abuse and harassment.
In a post on his Instagram account, Chalamet said he was giving his wages from his work on Allen’s “A Rainy Day in New York” to the Hollywood-backed anti-harassment initiative Time’s Up; the LGBT Center in New York; and RAINN, an organization that supports victims of sexual violence.
Chalamet also sought to explain his previous reticence about his decision to appear in a film directed by Allen, who faces accusations dating back to 1993 that he sexually abused his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow. Allen has denied the accusations.
Chalamet said that, owing to “contractual obligations,” he had been unable to answer questions posed by reporters and critics on the subject. “I don’t want to profit from my work on the film,” Chalamet said. “I want to be worthy of standing shoulder to shoulder with the brave artists who are fighting for all people to be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve.”
The move comes on the heels of other actors having distanced themselves from Allen. On Friday, Chalamet’s co-star, Rebecca Hall, announced in an Instagram post that she was donating her wages from “A Rainy Day in New York” to Time’s Up.
Hall, who also starred in Allen’s 2008 film “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” said she had been affected by public statements made by Dylan Farrow regarding Allen. “I see, not only how complicated this matter is, but that my actions have made another woman feel silenced and dismissed,” Hall said.
In October, after the Harvey Weinstein harassment scandal broke, Farrow questioned why Allen had been spared similar scrutiny of his past actions. In an opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times, Farrow also alleged that actors and other movie industry insiders had covered up for Allen.
In 2014, Farrow spoke out publicly for the first time about the 1993 allegations. In an open letter published in The New York Times, she said: “For so long, Woody Allen’s acceptance silenced me. It felt like a personal rebuke, like the awards and accolades were a way to tell me to shut up and go away.”
On Jan. 10, Mira Sorvino wrote an open letter to Farrow in which she expressed regret about working with Allen. Sorvino won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for her role as a prostitute in Allen’s 1995 film “Mighty Aphrodite.” In her letter, published on HuffPost, she said, “I will never work with him again.”
Sorvino’s letter came a day after Greta Gerwig, who performed in Allen’s 2012 movie “To Rome with Love,” told The New York Times that she, too, would not work with Allen in future. In an online discussion, Gerwig said, “If I had known then what I know now, I would not have acted in the film. I have not worked for him again, and I will not work for him again.”