Woody Allen has a serious regret, although he’s known for ruing so many aspects of his personal and professional life that David Letterman would need to do a “Top 100” list for the actor/director/filmmaker. But when it comes to Woody and his regrets over the past, Allen is currently particularly distressed over his deal with Amazon, reported the New York Times.
“It was a catastrophic mistake for me,” summed up Woody about his Amazon series that’s scheduled to debut in 2016. “I never should have gotten into it.”
So, why did he take it on? Allen says that he thought it would be easy-peasy.
“You do a movie, it’s a big long thing, but to do six half-hours, I thought it would be a cinch,” admitted Woody. “[But] it’s very, very hard. I hope I don’t disappoint Amazon [with what might be] a cosmic embarrassment.”
Allen made the comments while discussing his new film, Irrational Man, which stars Emma Stone, Parker Posey, and Joaquin Phoenix. It tells the story of a philosophy teacher who becomes obsessed with the notion that murder would be a good deed. Woody described the movie as focusing on morality.
“There are times when there are turning points in your life when you suddenly realize that something momentous can possibly happen if you make a choice. In this case, the choice that Joaquin makes is irrational, but it’s not so irrational given the comparison with the choices that we all make in our lives.”
And although Woody has discussed many of the choices he made in his 79 years, both in interviews and in autobiographical films, he’s refrained from addressing the sexual abuse allegations that range from his adopted daughter Dylan to actress Mariel Hemingway, as the Inquisitr reported.
Mariel’s charges support previous allegations about Allen from his daughter Dylan that she was molested at age seven. Hemingway says that Allen wanted to take her to Paris when she was only 18 years old.
Woody co-starred with Mariel in 1979 in Manhattan, playing a 44-year-old dating a sweet young teen. Two years later, in his late 40s, he visited her in her parents’ Idaho home.
In her new memoir, Out Came the Sun, Mariel recalls her feelings when Woody urged her to go with him to Paris during that visit.
“Our relationship was platonic, but I started to see that he had a kind of crush on me, though I dismissed it as the kind of thing that seemed to happen any time middle-aged men got around young women,” revealed Mariel in her autobiography.
But during that visit, Mariel became worried about accepting his invitation to Paris, stressed that he might see her acceptance as implying that he would sleep with her.
Impulsively, Mariel ran to the guest room where Allen slept soundly and woke him up to ask him a question — and give him an answer.
“I’m not going to get my own room, am I? I can’t go to Paris with you.”
Woody took his private jet out of Idaho the next morning.
As for his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, the child molestation charges stem from her first-person story published in the Times, reported Variety.
Detailing what happened in 1992, Dylan made the claims at a time when Woody had just earned a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes.
“He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother’s electric train set. Then he sexually assaulted me. He talked to me while he did it, whispering that I was a good girl, that this was our secret, promising that we’d go to Paris and I’d be a star in his movies.”
However,with regard both to Dylan’s claims and Mariel’s allegations, the filmmaker has refused to comment.
The allegations from Dylan first surfaced in 1992, when Woody reportedly abused her at age seven. He did respond then, blaming his ex-girlfriend Mia Farrow for inventing the claims because of jealousy resulting from his romantic relationship with Soon-Yi Farrow Previn, Mia’s adopted daughter.
Although he was not legally charged, Woody was denied visitation rights when Mia received custody of their children in 1993.
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