If there is a heaven, Woody Allen is probably not getting in. If there is a heaven, those of us who do make the cut will be blessedly relieved of any earthly memory that involves Mr. Allen. If there is a heaven, nobody — nobody — will ever have to have another conversation about him ever again because he does not exist and there are no movies in heaven.
Unfortunately, until then, you can count on hearing Woody Allen’s name about 6 million more tfimes as celebrity after celebrity is forced to have a public conversation about his daughter’s molestation allegations and whether or not they will star in another one of his movies.
Peter Sarsgaard and Jeff Daniels are the latest actors to answer this question and their answers are uncomfortably complicated. The men appeared on Meet The Press Monday, where host Todd Chuck inquired about their relationship with Woody Allen and whether they would work with him again.
“I believe people will they say they were assaulted or molested because I don’t think you have any other choice because if we start to not believe people it’s a slippery slope,” said Sarsgaard.
The actor, who starred in Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine” in 2013, went on to say that he would not do another Woody Allen movie.
Jeff Daniels was less certain.
“It’s a difficult decision because of ‘Purple Rose of Cairo.’ That movie will always be a great experience, a great movie for me, and he will always be a Great American filmmaker,” said Daniels. “I got to work with him at the age of 30 and it changed my life. • And I believe Dylan Farrow. So the difficult decision would be to turn him down because of ‘Purple Rose’.”
Unfortunately for Daniels, whose discomfort is palpable in the clip, diplomacy is really not an option when it comes to Woody Allen. If you believe Dylan Farrow, you believe Woody Allen is a child molester. If you believe that Woody Allen is a child molester, you definitely, definitely should not work with him.
Very simple math.
Becky Scott is the editor of The Schmooze. Follow her on Twitter, @arr_scott
Peter Sarsgaard and Jeff Daniels Believe Dylan Farrow