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There was a time, not so long ago, that actors clamored to be in a new Woody Allen project. The writer-director stuffed every scene with A-listers, thanks to his reputation as an icon and a one-man Oscar factory, despite his disdain for the entire concept of film awards. But 2018 might—might—be the year that all that comes to an end.
Numerous actresses—Greta Gerwig, Rebecca Hall, Ellen Page, Rachel Brosnahan—have publicly distanced themselves from Allen, severing ties due to the allegations against the director brought forth by Dylan Farrow, Allen’s estranged daughter. For years, Farrow has claimed that Allen sexually abused her when she was a child. (Allen has denied the claims.) In the wake of the Time’s Up movement, Farrow has been emboldened to share her story more publicly and more often. As a result, the list of performers who aren’t willing to work with Allen has grown—and now includes Colin Firth.
The British Oscar-winner has declared that he is no longer interested in being directed by Allen. “I wouldn’t work with him again,” he told the Guardian. And that’s it! That’s all he said. Rather British, isn’t it?
The actor worked with Allen on the 2014 period piece Magic in the Moonlight, playing an illusionist in the early 1900s. The film received fairly average reviews, with a general consensus that it was a lesser version of more inspired Allen works of the past. Never mind the fact that co-star Emma Stone played Firth’s love interest. She was 25 years old at the time; he was 53.
Firth is now one of a handful of men who have spoken out against Allen. Back in October, actor Griffin Newman, who has a small part in the upcoming film A Rainy Day in New York, shared in a Twitter thread that he felt guilty about working with Allen and had decided to donate his salary from the film to the anti-sexual violence organization RAINN.
In January, Timothée Chalamet, who stars in Rainy Day, announced that he too would be donating his salary from the film to three separate charities: Time’s Up, RAINN, and the L.G.B.T. Center. He released a statement via Instagram sharing that although he can’t speak about the film due to contractual obligations, he was inspired by the #MeToo movement to take a stand.
“I don’t want to profit from my work on the film,” he wrote.
Rainy Day co-star Rebecca Hall also donated her salary from the film to Time’s Up, after Newman but before Chalamet. And it seems likely that more will follow her lead, especially as Dylan Farrow continues speaking out against Allen. She recently did her first televised interview about the allegations with Gayle King, for CBS This Morning.
“I want to show my face and tell my story,” she said in the interview, which aired Thursday. “I want to speak out. Literally.” This time, Hollywood is listening.