Scarlett Johansson believes that the open letter of Dylan Farrow accusing Woody Allen on molestation charges to be ‘irresponsible’. She said, “I think it’s irresponsible to take a bunch of actors that will have a Google alert on and to suddenly throw their name into a situation that none of us could possibly knowingly comment on,” several media outlets reported. She added that this move by Dylan Farrow is quite unexpected. Not only Johansson, even Cate Blanchett praised Allen’s work in the film industry. So, doesn’t it mean that Scarlett Johansson and Cate Blanchett admire Woody Allen?
This comment of the Scoop actress comes in wake of the letter of Dylan Farrow which had the names of several actors. Published in The New York Times, the letter had names of Cate Blanchett, Diane Keaton, and Scarlett Johansson. The director’s daughter complained in the letter about these actors, since they praised Woody Allen. She pointed out that if the trauma of molestation had been encountered by their daughters, they could not have praised Allen.
Recently, Cate Blanchett has won the Best Actress Academy Award for her role in Blue Jasmine and conveyed her gratitude to the renowned director for awarding her the character in the movie. Even Scarlett Johansson and Diane Keaton voiced their admiration about the Annie Hall director. Cate Blanchett went on to say that the Annie Hall director has been extremely sensitive about women-centric scripts and have created many memorable roles for actresses.
Scarlett Johansson not only voiced her annoyance about the letter, she said that she was unaware of any backlash against the renowned director. She said, “I think he’ll continue to know what he knows about the situation,” and says other persons who are involved in this issue will have their own judgement about it. Nevertheless, Scarlett Johansson thought the open letter of Dylan Farrow to be irresponsible since it had the names of some actors, including hers.
The molestation charges leveled by Dylan Farrow originally surfaced in 1992 and Woody Allen had throughout denied all of these allegations. Over the course of time, he has categorically stated that these allegations are totally baseless whenever Dylan Farrow raised these issues. It is a known fact that Scarlett Johansson and Cate Blanchett admire Woody Allen’s work, and there are many instances which point out this fact.
For her part, Johansson decided to stay neutral, even as her comments were quite in favor of the Midnight in Paris Director. She said, “I don’t know anything about it,” and stated that it would be ridiculous for her to comment on this sensitive issue since she does not know much about it.
These are good times for the seductive actress. In the past year, she played the role of girlfriend of a porn addict in Don Jon; it’s been one thrill after another. And now, on April 4, she has 2 movies on the card: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, in which she plays the role of Black Widow; and Under the Skin.
It seems that the blame game between Dylan Farrow and Woody Allen has created some cold rift between Johansson and Farrow. In 2007, the Match Point actress told Vogue, “I’d hem his pants if he asked me to.” This was basically a response of Scarlett Johansson to the praise of the Annie Hall director, who complemented her as “criminally sexy.” He also stated that he is a strong actor and “there is a tiny bit of Marilyn Monroe in her zaftig humidity.” Hence, it is no surprise that admirers of Woody Allen like Scarlett Johansson and Cate Blanchett will stand by the director in his bad times.
by Sunando Basu