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While selling his fiftieth – and fairly presumably, final — movie Coup de Chance on the Venice Film Festival, Woody Allen weighed in cancel tradition, the #MeToo Movement, and whether or not any lady has ever complained about his habits on set.

“I mentioned years in the past that I ought to have been a poster boy [for the #MeToo movement] and so they obtained all enthusiastic about that,” Allen, 87, told Variety in an interview earlier than Sunday’s premiere of the French language movie that he wrote and directed. “I’ve made 50 movies. I’ve all the time had superb elements for ladies, all the time had ladies within the crew, all the time paid them the very same quantity that we paid males, labored with a whole bunch of actresses, and by no means, ever had a single grievance from any of them at any level. Not a single one ever mentioned, ‘Working with him, he was imply or he was harassing.’ That’s simply not been a problem.”

Allen was then requested whether or not he feels canceled. “I really feel when you’re going to be canceled, that is the tradition to be canceled by,” he replied. “I simply discover that every one so foolish. I don’t give it some thought. I don’t know what it means to be canceled. I know that through the years every little thing has been the identical for me. I make my motion pictures. What has modified is the presentation of the movies. You know, I work and it’s the identical routine for me. I write the script, elevate the cash, make the movie, shoot it, edit it, it comes out. The distinction is just not is just not from cancel tradition. The distinction is the best way they current the movies. It’s that that’s the massive change.”

While Allen walked the pink carpet Sunday for the premiere of Coup de Chance, about 20 protestors stood outdoors shouting issues like “no rape tradition” and “a rapist is just not a sick man, he’s the wholesome son of patriarchy.” A day earlier, banners that learn “Island of rapists” and “No Golden Lion for predators” went up across the competition to protest Allen and Roman Polanski, whose film The Palace is up for the highest prize this yr. 

Allen obtained a five-minute ovation after the premiere of Coup de Chance, a romantic thriller that stars Lou de Laâge, Valérie Lemercier, Melvil Poupaud, Niels Schneider, Elsa Zylberstein, Bárbara Goenaga, Grégory Gadebois, Anne Loiret, Sara Martins, Guillaume de Tonquédec and Arnaud Viard.

In his interview with Variety, Allen was additionally requested whether or not he’s an advocate of the MeToo motion, Allen mentioned “I suppose any motion the place there’s precise profit, the place it does one thing constructive, let’s say for ladies, is an effective factor. When it turns into foolish, it’s foolish. I learn cases the place it’s very helpful, the place the state of affairs has been very helpful for ladies, and that’s good. When I learn of some cases in a narrative within the paper the place it’s foolish, then it’s silly. It’s foolish, you realize, when it’s not likely a feminist situation or a problem of unfairness to ladies. When it’s being too excessive in attempting to make it into a problem when, in truth, most individuals wouldn’t regard it as any sort of offensive state of affairs.”

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