Alec Baldwin announces that he will conduct rare interview with embattled director Woody Allen
Alec Baldwin has announced that he plans to hold a live interview with controversial director Woody Allen on Tuesday.
The 30 Rock star, who has his own share of controversies, has worked on multiple films with the 86-year-old in the past.
He announced the interview in a defensive post where he said he “didn’t care about anyone else’s speculation” about interviewing Allen, who has been accused of sexual abuse by his own daughter.
“Let me preface this by stating that I have NO INTEREST in anyone’s judgments and hypocritical posts here. I’m CLEARLY someone who has my own beliefs and I don’t care what anyone else’s speculation is,” Baldwin said in an Instagram post accompanying a video.
The video clip shows Baldwin holding up a copy of Allen’s recent book, Zero Gravity. He shows the front of the book and Allen’s photo on the back.
Then he whispers into the camera, “Woody Allen. who I love. I love you, Woody.’
Allen’s book, his first since his memoir ‘Apropos of Nothing’ in 2020, is a collection of humorous essays.
It is likely that the couple will discuss the films they have made together during Tuesday’s interview on Instagram Live. Allen and Baldwin have collaborated three times, in ‘Alice’, ‘To Rome With Love’ and ‘Blue Jasmine’.
Baldwin is not afraid to publicly defend the filmmaker against the sexual abuse allegations of recent years.
In the Instagram post announcing the interview, he added: “If you think a lawsuit should be made through an HBO documentary, that’s your problem.”
Baldwin started the video with a smile and a laugh, announcing the interview before telling Woody Allen that he “loves him”
Allen and Baldwin have collaborated on three films, ‘Alice’, ‘To Rome With Love’ and ‘Blue Jasmine’. Baldwin has been a constant supporter of the director ever since Allen reiterated allegations of child abuse
Baldwin was referring to the 2021 HBO documentary, “Allen v Farrow.”
The four-part series chronicles Allen’s breakup with his 10-year-old partner, Mia Farrow.
The couple’s relationship ended when Farrow discovered nude photos Allen had taken of her daughter, Soon-Yi Previn, then 22.
It was later revealed that Allen was having an affair with Soon-Yi.
During that split, Farrow accused Allen of sexually abusing the couple’s daughter, Dylan, in 1992 when she was seven years old.
Allen said of Baldwin at a press event for ‘To Rome With Love’: “He’s a great actor, so if I can get him and he’s available, I would always use him.”
Allen continued: ‘He’s great to work with and a great actor – if you want something serious, if you want something comedic, he’s the guy. … It’s like having a secret weapon on the screen.”
He continued: ‘I am CLEARLY someone who has my own beliefs and I don’t care what anyone else’s speculation is’
Allen and Baldwin pictured on the set of ‘Blue Jasmine’ in 2012. Allen said of Baldwin in 2012, ‘He’s a great actor, so if I can get him and he’s available, I’d always use him’
Allen once said that having Baldwin in a movie was like having a “secret weapon” on screen. He added: ‘He’s great to work with and a great actor – if you want something serious, if you want something comedic, he’s the man’
After the broadcast of ‘Allen v Farrow’, Baldwin was one of the strongest defenders of the ‘Annie Hall’ director.
In February 2021, Baldwin tweeted, “Who needs courtrooms or legal system when we have trial media?”
He also said Allen was never charged with a crime because authorities “couldn’t prove their case because it didn’t happen.”
Baldwin targeted Frank Maco, the Connecticut District Attorney, who said he could have sued but failed to do so for fear of further traumatizing Dylan Farrow.
Baldwin said of Maco, “You don’t condemn someone to a life of allusions and ruin his life and that of his family. Maco is one of the villains here. He should have sued or shut up.’
Several actors, including Elliot Page and Thimothee Chalamet, have expressed regret for working with Allen
Speaking about the ‘trial by media’ allegations, one of the creators of ‘Allen v Farrow’ told Amy Ziering the everyday beast in 2021: “I think the process through the media has been going on for the past three decades, Alec. Let’s see who was tried and convicted.
Ziering added: “He should a) watch the series; and b) look at the role the media played in spreading spin rather than truths, by failing to check facts, reprimand and condemn someone [Mia Farrow] without any due diligence for three decades, then talk to us about media trial.”
In 2018, Baldwin was equally passionate about his support of Allen.
When Mira Sorvino, Elliot Page, Timothee Chalamet and Rebecca Hall publicly expressed regret over working with the director, Baldwin was furious.
He tweeted: ‘Woody Allen has been forensically examined by two states (NY and CT) and no charges have been filed. Relinquishing him and his work undoubtedly serves a purpose. But it’s unfair and sad for me. I have worked at WA 3 times and it was one of the privileges of my career.”
In a separate tweet, Baldwin said it was still possible to support survivors of pedophilia, but also to believe that Allen was innocent.
He added: ‘It is not the intention to dismiss or ignore such complaints. But accusing people of such crimes must be treated carefully. Also on behalf of the victims.’
At that point, Baldwin told those who disagreed with his defense of Allen to unfollow him on Twitter.
Baldwin was asked in a 2018 interview with: the Hollywood Reporter about his unwavering support for Allen.
He said: ‘It’s a normal tendency to want to gather your friends until they are convicted of something. When they’re convicted of a crime, you’re sad, and that’s tragic, but they have to go through that process.”
Tuesday’s interview isn’t the first time Baldwin has interviewed Allen. The director appeared on Baldwin’s podcast ‘Here’s the Thing’ in June 2020.
As an adult, Dylan Farrow has maintained that she was sexually assaulted by Allen and spoke about them publicly in 2013. The filmmaker has never been convicted of any crime in connection with the allegation.
Although in a 1993 custody hearing between him and Farrow, a judge called Allen’s behavior towards his daughter “extremely inappropriate.”
Allen married Soon-Yi Previn in 1997. The couple has two children together.
Due to the allegations of Dylan Farrow and the MeToo movement, Allen’s 2019 film “A Rainy Day in New York” was shelved by Amazon Studios and his publisher cut a deal to release his autobiography.
Meanwhile, for Baldwin, the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of his October 2021 movie ‘Rest’ is still under investigation by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.
The film’s director, Joel Souza, was also injured in the shooting.
Baldwin and other producers and contributors to the film are also subject to a lawsuit from the Hutchins family.
In December 2021, Baldwin was photographed by Jon Levine of the New York Post outside the Upper East Side mansion in Allen.