Woody Allen’s memoir “Apropos of Nothing” hit the market the other day to little fanfare, even after the book’s original publisher refused to distribute it.
Some however, like Page Six, have picked it up and read the work which covers Allen’s entire career including the recent controversies. One name that comes up unexpectedly is “Call Me By Your Name” breakout Timothee Chalamet.
Chalamet starred in Allen’s recent film “A Rainy Day In New York” which was set to be released by Amazon Studios before the filmmaker’s comments about the #MeToo movement resulted in the film being indefinitely shelved until Allen ultimately got the rights back.
Chalamet and other actors came out against the filmmaker, with the young actor donating his salary for the film to charities tied to the #MeToo movement. Allen uses his memoir however to claim Chalamet’s motivation was more about ambition than sincerity:
“All the three leads in ‘Rainy Day’ were excellent and a pleasure to work with. Timothee afterwards publicly stated he regretted working with me and was giving the money to charity, but he swore to my sister he needed to do that as he was up for an Oscar for ‘Call Me by Your Name,’ and he and his agent felt he had a better chance of winning if he denounced me, so he did. Anyhow, I didn’t regret working with him and I’m not giving any of my money back.”
Allen shot his most recent film, “Rifkin’s Festival,” late last year with the movie originally slated to premiere in Spain later this year. As Spain has been one of the countries hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic, it’s not clear yet if a release this year is still possible.