It seemed it was only a matter of time before the focus turned back to Allen.* * *The controversy around the director came in two major waves of bad publicity—one in the early ’90s and one in 2014, both of which he managed to weather.
But with Hollywood finally beginning to grapple with his enduring presence as an artist, could that be enough to destroy his career?
On Monday, Timothée Chalamet, the lead of A Rainy Day in New York, announced that he’d be donating his salary from the film to charity.
His prestige as an award-winner has granted him the clout needed to attract major stars well into the 21st century—the likes of Scarlett Johansson, Hugh Jackman, Ewan Mc Gregor, Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Owen Wilson, Colin Firth, Kate Winslet, and many, many others.
Attaching a popular actor to your movie is one of the easiest ways to get funded, and as a result, Allen has maintained his prodigious pace.
The last year that Allen didn’t release a movie in theaters that he wrote and directed was 1981.
Despite the controversy that has dogged him since the early 1990s—when he was revealed to be having an affair with his girlfriend’s daughter and was subsequently accused of molesting his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow—Allen has continued to make movies with the same once-a-year regularity as always, and usually with major stars. But the film industry’s willingness to turn a blind eye to the allegations against Allen seems to be coming to an end.
More and more actors who have worked with him in the past are announcing that they regret the collaboration, and it appears the sheen of Oscar-winning prestige he has relied on to attract big names to his projects is fading.
Allen, who released Wonder Wheel last month and is set to come out with A Rainy Day in New York this year, may try to helm more movies.
In 2016, Café Society with Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart.