×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Woody Allen: ‘I’ve Done Everything the #MeToo Movement Would Love to Achieve’

Woody Allen is maintaining that he is a self-proclaimed “poster boy” for the #MeToo movement and says he doesn’t care that parts of Hollywood and the film industry have shunned him.

“I’ve worked with hundreds of actresses; not one of them has ever complained about me, not a single complaint. I’ve worked with, employed women in the top capacities, in every capacity, for years and we’ve always paid them exactly the equal of men,” Allen said in an interview with France24. “I’ve done everything that the #MeToo movement would love to achieve with everybody.”

When asked if he regretted calling himself a “poster boy” for the #MeToo movement in a 2018 interview, the director stood by the statement, saying, “I should be.”

Amazon Studios shelved Allen’s “A Rainy Day in New York” for U.S. release after the #MeToo movement prompted renewed scrutiny over Allen’s 1991 alleged molestation of his then seven-year-old adopted daughter Dylan Farrow. The film is still set to open across Europe and will have its premiere at the Deauville Film Festival in France on Friday.

“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.”

Allen claims he doesn’t care about the financial toll of so many in Hollywood distancing themselves from him, including actors Timothée Chalamet and Rebecca Hall, who both expressed regret over being involved with “A Rainy Day in New York” and have declined to promote the film.

“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,” he said. “So I will always work. What happens to it commercially is another matter.”

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Daughter-of-Rage

    Laura Baumeister Brings San Sebastian Winning Project ‘Daughter of Rage’ to Morelia

    Already backed by a four-way production partnership spanning Nicaragua, Mexico, the Netherlands and Germany, Laura Baumeister’s debut feature project “Daughter of Rage” swept three of the four prizes on offer at San Sebastian’s 8th Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum this year. Now the project heads to Morelia, where Baumeister has been with short films in the [...]

  • Brad Pitt Leonardo DiCaprio Once Upon

    China Halts Release of Quentin Tarantino's 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'

    Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” has had its upcoming China theatrical release put on hold. It was set to hit theaters in the Middle Kingdom on Oct. 25. It had received previously received its release approval from Chinese censors. But an exhibitor source told Variety that the movie has been “temporarily put [...]

  • Some Beasts

    San Sebastian New Directors Winner Jorge Riquelme on ‘Some Beasts,’ Screening at MIA

    Jorge Riquelme Serrano’s sophomore feature “Some Beasts” has impressed since sweeping Toulouse’s 35th Films in Progress in March and premiering its final version in San Sebastian’s New Directors section where it once again notched top honors. Riqeulme writes, produces – with his company Laberinto Films – directs and edits his films, so its no surprise [...]

  • Hide-and-Seek

    ZDF Enterprises Unveils New International Slate in Rome

    ROME – ZDF Enterprises is continuing its push into high-end international drama series by tapping into new territories, introducing two new projects at the MIA market on Thursday that were produced in Ukraine and the Netherlands. “Hide and Seek” (pictured), an 8 x 50’ crime noir series produced by Ukraine’s FILM.UA, and “Echoes,” a 10 x [...]

  • Rey (Daisy Ridley) in STAR WARS:

    Disney and Tencent to Put Out New Chinese ‘Star Wars’ Story

    Disney and China’s biggest online publisher, Tencent’s China Literature, have teamed up to develop a new Chinese “Star Wars” online novel and release 40 older e-books in Chinese for the first time. In an attempt to cultivate grass-roots enthusiasm for a franchise that has not yet managed to find a strong foothold in the world’s [...]

  • A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

    Film Review: 'A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon'

    No asteroids are hurtling toward Earth in “A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon,” though a flying frozen pizza does softly slice the top off an elderly shopper’s hairdo: That’s roughly the level of quirky peril we’re talking about in the latest outing from Aardman Animations, and as usual, the British stop-motion masters cheerfully prove that [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content