Every time Woody Allen has anything happening – a new film, a book, an interview – it is always overshadowed by long standing rumors about his private life. So it was with his memoir Apropos of Nothing.
The original publisher refused to distribute it following public pressure. When it did hit the market there was little in the way of publicity.
Now that it has surfaced, some interesting content is making its way into the public domain. One name that comes up totally unexpectedly is future Paul Atreides of Dune, Timothee Chalamet, star of peach abuse movie Call Me By Your Name.
Like many Hollywood people, Chalamet was falling over himself to work with Allen and starred in Allen’s recent film A Rainy Day In New York. Amazon were to distribute.
Woody Allen had some negative things to say about the #metoo movement which, given some of the other rumors that dog the filmmaker, caused Amazon to shelve the movie. The rights then reverted to Allen.
Chalamet and other actors denounce the filmmaker and Chalamet donated his fee for the movie to the #MeToo movement.
Allen settles a score in his memoir saying this brave and principled stand was nothing of the sort:
“All the three leads in Rainy Day were excellent and a pleasure to work with. Timothee afterwards 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. Anyhow, I didn’t regret working with him and I’m not giving any of my money back.”
Allen’s latest movie, Rifkin’s Festival, is delayed by Spain really suffering at the hands of COVID19.