Second actor Timothée Chalamet severs links with Woody Allen
UP AND coming actor Timothée Chalamet has become the second star in a week to announce he does not intend to keep money earned from a Woody Allen picture.
The 22-year-old star of the veteran director’s forthcoming A Rainy Day In New York follows actress Rebecca Hall, who over the weekend said she ‘regrets’ her decision to work with Allen and ‘wouldn’t make the same [decision] today’.
Hall said she had donated her fee to the Time’s Up movement, which has been set up to give legal aid to anyone who has experienced sexual harassment in the workplace — and now Timothée has done the same, sharing the money between Time’s Up, an LGBT community centre in New York and anti-sexual assault organisation RAINN.
Chalamet (pictured above) has not elaborated on exactly why he worked with Allen and now chooses to give away his fee, stating simply: ‘I don’t want to profit from my work on the film.’
The actor, who is Bafta nominated for his role in Call Me By Your Name, did add that working on the gay drama had made him realise: ‘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.’
Allen has been investigated in the past for an allegation of sexual assault made by his adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow, dating back to 1992. No prosecutions were made and he vehemently denies the claims.
It remains to be seen whether other actors in Allen’s latest film — who include Jude Law, Selena Gomez and Elle Fanning — will take a similar stance.
Chalamet explained his own actions saying that: ‘I have, to this point, chosen projects from the perspective of a young actor trying to walk in the footsteps of more seasoned actors I admire.
‘But 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.’
Author: Anna Thomson