Attending a masterclass at the recent Lumiere Festival, actor Javier Bardem spoke about his relationship with Woody Allen and says he doesn’t agree with the recent increase in public outrage against the acclaimed director.
The Guardian was in attendance and reports that Bardem’s argument follows the line of many of Allen’s defenders – the filmmaker was never found guilty of the sexual assault he was accused of by Dylan Farrow. Bardem says:
“At the time I did ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona,’ the allegations were already well known for more than 10 years, and two states in the US deemed he was not guilty. If the legal situation ever changes, then I’d change my mind. But for now I don’t agree with the public lynching that he’s been receiving, and if Woody Allen called me to work with him again I’d be there tomorrow morning. He’s a genius.”
Bardem’s reaction is in stark contrast to various actors like Timothee Chalamet and Michael Caine who’ve worked with Allen in recent years and have distanced themselves from the filmmaker in the wake of those old allegations coming under new scrutiny with the rise of the #MeToo movement.
Allen’s career and his deal with Amazon Studios are presently in limbo with the director stepping back from filmmaking for a while as he is struggling to secure funding.