Jeff Daniels supports Dylan Farrow, but finds it "hard" to turn down Woody Allen
Jeff Daniels and Peter Sarsgaard discussed the #MeToo movement and whether or not they would continue working with Woody Allen.
Jeff Daniels was recently on 'Meet the Press Daily' with Peter Sarsgaard to promote their new Hulu series, 'The Looming Tower,' that premiers on February 28.
Since the two of them had previously worked with film director Woody Allen, and news of his alleged sexual assault of his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow had resurfaced, host Chuck Todd brought up the #MeToo movement and the possibility of them working with the renowned director in the future.
Daniels had starred in 1985's 'The Purple Rose of Cairo' and Sarsgaard played Cate Blanchett's interest in 2013's 'Blue Jasmine.'
Todd said of actors who had worked with and later denounced the director, "Some have given their money back, some say they will never appear in a Woody Allen film, where are you guys on this?"
Sarsgaard contemplated before replying, "It's such a complicated question. I mean, I believe people when they say 'I was assaulted' or 'I was molested,' 'cause I don't think you really have any other choice. Because if we start not believing people, it's a slippery slope."
Sarsgaard added, "They say that it's very, very rare that somebody makes something like that up... I would rather err on that side." Todd ventured, "You would think twice before taking another part in a Woody Allen movie?" to which Sarsgaard said, "I've already done a Woody Allen movie." When Todd pressed him further, asking, "But would you do another [Woody Allen movie]?" he replied, "No."
Todd then turned to Daniels, who had starred opposite Dylan's mother, Mia Farrow, in 'The Purple Rose of Cairo' and had received a Golden Globe nomination for his role. Daniels ventured, "That was hard. It's a difficult decision because of 'The 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. I got to work with him at the age of 30, and it changed my life."
Daniels continued, "All of that, and I believe Dylan Farrow. So now, would I do another one with Woody? The difficult decision would be to turn him down because of 'Purple Rose,'" leaving his future association with the director uncertain.
Sarsgaard added, "I would continue to watch Woody Allen movies, I'll tell you that. I would go back and watch some of those movies, I mean, he's a fantastic filmmaker."
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