Sharon Stone talked about her new film “Fading Gigolo,” and her costar Woody Allen, who wrote and directed the project. Stone spoke with Conan O’Brien and it seemed awkward during the interview.
That’s because her costar has recently attracted controversy over renewed allegations that he molested his daughter, Dylan Farrow, more than 20 years ago.
Without pausing to acknowledge the controversy the two talked around the elephant in a room that will be viewed by millions.
Allen plays a pimp as the supporting actor to John Turturro’s character in “Fading Gigolo,” also directed by Turturro. Stone stars as a doctor who pays for sex. While discussing the film, O’Brien said, “Hey, let’s talk about Woody Allen!” and for a split second, it’s hard not to think: Will O’Brien address the allegations against Allen? Will he force Stone to take a stance? Is this really going to happen?
But that’s naive: Anyone who continues to work with Allen either totally believes in his innocence, as does Diane Keaton, or, like Scarlett Johansson, has wrestled with the allegations and concluded that there’s nothing to conclude.
Still, O’Brien did not register the weight of the phrase that, for the past several months, has been followed by a heated and important discussion about sexual abuse and victim blaming that has forced celebrities and audiences to reevaluate their relationship with the director.
O’Brien continued, as did the awkwardness for those who remain critical of Allen: “More or less, he plays the pimp. He plays John Turturro’s pimp. Which, if you ever think of casting a pimp, and you think of who would be last on the list it would be Woody — it would be me, then Woody Allen, probably.”