Although many actors have recently expressed regret at having worked with Woody Allen in the past, Alan Alda is standing by the filmmaker.
“I’d work with him again if he wanted me,” the 82-year-old actor, who has appeared in three of Allen’s films, recently told The Hollywood Reporter, ahead of receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday
“I don’t know all the facts, I don’t know if he’s guilty or innocent. But you can be uncertain — that’s what I go on,” Alda continued, referencing the accusations of sexual abuse from Allen’s daughter Dylan, one of his three children with ex Mia Farrow.
“I just don’t have enough information to convince me I shouldn’t work with him,” the actor added. “And he’s an enormously talented guy.”
Alda and Allen worked together on 1989’s Crimes and Misdemeanors, 1993’s Manhattan Murder Mystery and the musical comedy Everyone Says I Love You, which was released in 1996.
In late 2017, Allen faced resurfaced allegations of child molestation by his daughter Dylan Farrow, who publicly claimed in a New York Times open letter in 2014 that Allen molested her as a child. Allen has long denied the allegations, which were first reported during his explosive 1992 split from Farrow. The director was not charged, though a Connecticut prosecutor said there was probable cause for a criminal case.
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Alda is not the only actor who has stood by his decision to work with Allen.
According to Variety, last year Javier Bardem — who appeared in the 2008 film Vicky, Christina, Barcelona — praised Allen during a masterclass at the Lumière Film Festival in Lyon, France, telling students that Allen is “a genius” and he “would work with him tomorrow.”
The Oscar winner, 49, then emphasized that Allen hasn’t been convicted of a crime. “Today, 11 years later, it is the same accusation,” he asserted. “Public accusations are very dangerous. If some day there is a trial and it’s proven to be true, I would change my opinion, but at this moment, nothing has changed.”
Back in April, the actor made similar comments to the French publication Paris Match about Allen’s treatment in the court of public opinion.
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