Man, sh*t is hitting the fan for Woody Allen.
Ronan Farrow had ensured that there would be drama surrounding Woody Allen’s appearance at Cannes this year, and that’s absolutely what went down. Ronan’s Hollywood Reporter op-ed was published mid-morning yesterday, and everyone was trying not to freak out in the middle of the high-profile festival. But of course, some cheeky reporter thought it would be funny to ask if Woody if he would ever consider writing a movie with an older woman-younger man love story, since all of his films seem to have very young women falling for much older men.
Mr. Allen said he was a romantic, raised on Hollywood movies. After so many films with love affairs between an older man and a younger woman, Mr. Allen was asked if he would ever consider making a film with a romance between, say, a 50-something woman and a 20-something man. That, he said, would be “a perfectly valid comic idea,” but it wasn’t really his field. “I just don’t have any material,” he said. “I don’t have anything really to draw on. But I wouldn’t hesitate if I had a good story.”
And then MC Laurent Lafitte made a “rape joke” about Woody, which actually isn’t quite a rape “joke,” even though it’s being reported like that:
Laurent Lafitte, a French comedian and the master of ceremonies at the opening night of the Cannes Film Festival, on Wednesday night caused gasps with a comment about festival favorite Woody Allen before the premiere of Cafe Society.
While addressing Allen, the master of ceremonies said: “You’ve shot so many of your films here in Europe and yet in the U.S. you haven’t even been convicted of rape.”
Attendees took the comment as a reference to Roman Polanski, who lives and works in Europe, escaping the U.S.’ bid for extradition from Poland for charges dating back to the 1970s related to having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl.
One thing’s for sure- MC has gigantic balls and whether you think it was warranted or not, it’s inevitable that this stuff be addressed.