Of course the A list actor who is best friends with the worst casting couch director of all time has no problems endorsing the child molesting director.
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Alec Baldwin responds to critics after he promoted a podcast episode with Woody Allen
Alec Baldwin responded on social media after being criticized for promoting a new podcast episode with Woody Allen on “Blackout Tuesday.”
Many were quick to take to the comments of Baldwin’s post to criticize him for not only not observing Blackout Tuesday, but promoting the work of Allen amid allegations he sexually abused Dylan Farrow. Baldwin, who has publicly stuck up for the director amid those allegations in the past, later posted a conversation he had in the comments in which he explained his decision to promote his episode.
“In the course of this podcast, we have often booked guests that have either requested or required a specific posting date in order to promote a project. We make every effort to honor those requests. Allen is no exception,” Baldwin explained.
He went on to criticize the concept of Black Out Tuesday and encouraging his followers to try and affect more tangible change.
“As for the perceived lack of sensitivity re BlackOutTuesday, I had no idea about this…national day of whatever,” he wrote. “Three things: the professional lives of some people cannot be put on hold at the whims of political correctness. I believe Allen is innocent and that is my right. Posting a black screen today or any other day, though a decent sentiment, is not an effective political stance. Voting, and working to enroll others to vote, is more… practical.” – Source
Alec Baldwin breaks his silence about James Toback: ‘I never had one conversation with Jimmy about his sex life’
Alec Baldwin made two movies with James Toback — “Seduced and Abandoned,” the 2013 HBO documentary that followed the pair roaming the 2012 Cannes Film Festival pitching a sexually explicit update of “Last Tango in Paris,” and “The Private Life of a Modern Woman,” which premiered last month at the Venice Film Festival. Baldwin has a small role opposite Sienna Miller in the film.
But after the Los Angeles Times published a story in which 38 women alleged that director James Toback had sexually harassed them, Baldwin, who is famously outspoken on social media, remained silent. As more than 300 women contacted The Times with similar stories, while others did the same with other outlets, Baldwin’s only public comment on the allegations surrounding Toback came last Tuesday in a post made from the Twitter account of the ABFoundation, an arts group Baldwin runs with his wife, Hilaria.
The next day, The Times contacted Baldwin’s publicist, asking whether he’d care to add any further remarks, addressing the number of women who had accused Toback of sexual misconduct. Baldwin declined comment.
But the 59-year-old actor followed up with phone call on Sunday night. The interview has been edited for clarity and brevity.
What did you think when you read the initial report that so many women had come forward accusing Toback of sexual misconduct?
In all the time I’ve known Jimmy, I never had one conversation about his sex life, which is not unusual for me because I’m not sitting down with some guy and he’s saying to me, “Man, you should have seen what I did last night with this girl in this hotel.” I don’t go there.
I’d always heard Jimmy was peculiar. I remember years ago, with [the movie] “The Pick-up Artist,” Jimmy had this reputation 20, 25 years ago or more of hitting on [women], going up and saying provocative things to them. I’d heard of that. But in my time with Jimmy, it was absolutely, positively business. We talked about Cannes, we talked about our interviews with [Bernardo] Bertolucci, [Roman] Polanski, [Martin] Scorsese and [Francis Ford] Coppola [filmed for “Seduced and Abandoned”]. And all we did was go around and make the movie. I never had one conversation with Jimmy about his sex life. Never. Never.
What about with this last movie with Sienna Miller?
He wanted me to shoot a film with him and Sienna and James Franco with a script he wrote. We had done the documentary for HBO a few years ago. And my wife and I had three children in three years and a month. So my growing family has put the damper on most of my socializing. My relationship [with Toback] is no different than my relationship with a lot of people. All my relationships have contracted as my family has grown.
So Jimmy says to me, “Do this one scene, this cop thing with Sienna.” So I go in and do this one scene … I’m not going to say as a favor because I love Sienna, and it was a joy to work with her.
But now this stuff comes along with Selma Blair. She talks about how she was assaulted by him, how she felt, all these different things. I’ve never known anything about that in my entire life. I never knew of anything where Jimmy assaulted or bullied or pressured. I’ve never heard anything other than that Jimmy was somebody who hit on a lot of women in a very vague way. – Source
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