Allegations of molestation made by Dylan Farrow against father Woody Allen have led numerous stars to distance themselves from the Oscar-winning director, and we can add Michael Caine to that list.
Caine, 84, starred in one of Woody Allen’s most acclaimed films, “Hannah and Her Sisters” — for which he won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar — but tells The Guardian that he doesn’t ever see himself working with Allen again. (Allen, 82, continues to deny his daughter’s allegations.)
“I am a patron of the NSPCC [National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children] and have very strong views about pedophilia,” Caine explains. “I can’t come to terms with [the allegation], because I loved Woody and had a wonderful time with him. I even introduced him to Mia [Farrow].”
Adds Caine: “I don’t regret working with him, which I did in complete innocence; but I wouldn’t work with him again, no.”
As Variety notes, back in 2010, Caine expressed his views about child molestation in an interview with the Daily Telegraph: “I’m quite a rabid right-winger about pedophilia,” declared the actor. “If you want to bring back hanging for them then I’m your man. I’ll pull the lever. Don’t get me started on that. I hate it. Hate it.”
Variety has reached out to Allen for comment.