Call Me By Your Name star Timothée Chalamet donates film fee to LGBT charity because of Woody Allen
Timothée Chalamet, who starred in the hit LGBT film Call Me By Your Name, has vowed to donate his entire fee for his next film to charity.
New York’s LGBT Community Centre, Time’s Up and sexual abuse charity RAINN will receive all the money he was due to get for his part in Woody Allen’s movie A Rainy Day in New York, Chalamet has said.
The actor, whose performance alongside Armie Hammer earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a drama, took the step because he didn’t want to “profit” from working with Allen.
Allen’s adopted daughter Dylan Farrow has accused the Annie Hall director of sexually assaulting her when she was seven.
And Chalamet said that since agreeing to star in the film, his perspective on which parts he chooses to play has shifted.
On Instagram, he wrote: “This year has changed the way I see and feel about so many things; it has been a thrilling and, at times, enlightening education.
“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.
“But I am learning that a good role isn’t the only criteria for accepting a job,” he added, before speaking about the #MeToo campaign.
“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.”
He then moved to address his role in Allen’s film.
“I have been asked in a few recent interviews about my decision to work on a film with Woody Allen last summer.
“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.
“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,” he explained.
The actor’s decision came after his co-star in the upcoming film, Rebecca Hall, took a similar step and donated her entire fee to Time’s Up.
On Instagram, she wrote: “The day after the Weinstein accusation broke in full force I was shooting a day of work on Woody Allen’s latest movie in New York.
“I couldn’t have imagined somewhere stranger to be that day. When asked to do so, some seven months ago, I quickly said yes.
“He gave me one of my first significant roles in film for which I have always been grateful, it was one day in my hometown – easy.
“I have, however subsequently realised there is nothing easy about any of this. In the weeks following I have thought very deeply about this decision, and remain conflicted and saddened,” she continued.
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“After reading and re-reading Dylan Farrow’s statements of a few days ago and going back and reading the older ones – I see, not only how complicated this matter is, but that my actions have made another woman feel silenced and dismissed.
“That is not something that sits easily with me in the current or indeed any moment, and I am profoundly sorry. I regret this decision and wouldn’t make the same one today.
“It’s a small gesture and not one intended as close to compensation but I’ve donated my wage to @timesup.
“I’ve also signed up, will continue to donate, and look forward to working with and being part of this positive movement towards change not just in Hollywood but hopefully everywhere. #timesup”.