Timothée Chalamet is taking action. The Call Me By Your Name star revealed that he will donate his entire salary from the upcoming Woody Allen movie A Rainy Day In New York to three different organizations.
“This year has changed the way I see and feel about so many things; it has been a thrilling and, at times, enlightening education,” the 22-year-old actor wrote in an Instagram post. “I have, to this point, chosen projects from the perspective of a young actor trying to walk in the footsteps of more seasoned actors I admire.”
He continued: “But I am learning that a good role isn’t the only criteria for accepting a job. That has become much clearer to me in the past few months, having witnessed the birth of a powerful movement intent on ending injustice, inequality, and above all, silence.”
Chalamet went on to address his involvement in Allen’s upcoming movie. “I have been asked in a few recent interviews about my decision to work on a film with Woody Allen last summer,” he wrote. “I’m not able to answer the question directly because of contractual obligations. But what I can say is this: I don’t want to profit from my work on the film, and to that end, I am going to donate my entire salary to three charities: Time’s Up, The LGBT Center in New York, and RAINN [Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network]. I want to be worthy of standing shoulder to shoulder with the brave artists who are fighting for all people to be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve.”
Chalamet is not the first actor from the project to denounce the controversial director, who has been accused in the past of sexually abusing his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow. In October 2017, Griffin Newman announced via Twitter that he regretted working on the film and also donated his salary to RAINN. Then, just days ago, Rebecca Hall made the same announcement, donating her salary to the Time’s Up movement. A Rainy Day In New York also stars Selena Gomez, Elle Fanning, Jude Law, Diego Luna, and Liev Schreiber.
Following the Golden Globes earlier this month, actor/director Greta Gerwig also made a public statement against her one-time idol Allen, saying that she regrets having appeared in 2012’s To Rome With Love and would not work with him again. Justin Timberlake, meanwhile, came under fire for wearing a Time’s Up pin at the Globes after recently having worked with Allen.
Allen has not commented on the statements and gestures made by the actors.
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