Colin Firth Says He Will No Longer Work With Woody Allen

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Colin Firth Says He Will No Longer Work With Woody Allen

The latest Hollywood figure to speak out against Woody Allen is Oscar winner Colin Firth, who starred in the writer-director’s 2014 film Magic in the Moonlight. The actor has lent his voice to a rising chorus by speaking out against Allen, who stands accused of sexually assaulting his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, in 1992—he has denied the allegations. Farrow first went public with her account in 2014, but only now, in the midst of the #MeToo movement, have Allen’s film industry colleagues begun to abandon him.

When asked Thursday whether he would collaborate with Allen on any future films, Firth simply told The Guardian, “I wouldn’t work with him again.” It’s not the most verbose denunciation in the world, but it’s an important one nonetheless: Each prominent actor or filmmaker who cuts ties with Allen is one less cinematic collaborator he can turn to, one more industry door slammed shut and perhaps most importantly, one more well-known male actor using his ample platform to amplify a message currently resonating throughout Hollywood and beyond: Time’s up.

Firth joins the likes of Timothée Chalamet, Greta Gerwig, Rebecca Hall, Natalie Portman, Rachel Brosnahan, Mira Sorvino, Shonda Rhimes, Ellen Page and Griffin Newman in denouncing Allen. Chalamet donated every dollar that he earned from working on Allen’s forthcoming A Rainy Day in New York to charity, splitting his salary between Time’s Up, RAINN and the L.G.B.T. Center in New York. The Call Me By Your Name and Lady Bird star said he did so in order “to be worthy of standing shoulder to shoulder with the brave artists who are fighting for all people to be treated with respect and dignity they deserve.” And Chalamet’s Lady Bird director Gerwig, also an actress, spoke out against Allen in an interview with The New York Times, saying, “If I had known then what I know now, I would not have acted in [2012’s To Rome With Love]. I have not worked for him again, and I will not work for him again.” In response to Gerwig’s comments, Farrow wrote on Twitter, “Greta, thank you for your voice. Thank you for your words. Please know they are deeply felt and appreciated.” The Tick star Newman, who also appeared in A Rainy Day in New York, announced via Twitter that he donated his salary from the film to RAINN.

His A Rainy Day in New York co-star Hall did the same, donating her earnings to Time’s Up.

Farrow opened up about her accusations against Allen in a CBS News interview on Thursday, telling Gayle King, “I have been repeating my accusations unaltered for over 20 years, and I have been systematically shut down, ignored or discredited. If they can’t acknowledge the accusations of one survivor, how are they going to stand for all of us?”

Allen denied the allegations, as he always has. “Even though the Farrow family is cynically using the opportunity afforded by the Time’s Up movement to repeat this discredited allegation, that doesn’t make it any more true today than it was in the past,” he said in a statement to CBS. “I never molested my daughter—as all investigations concluded a quarter of a century ago.”

“He’s lying and he’s been lying for so long,” a tearful Farrow insisted.

Read our recent feature on the accusations against Allen here. You can support Time’s Up here.

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