‘Manhattan’ Star Mariel Hemmingway Says the Woody Allen Film ‘100% Couldn’t Come Out’ Today
Mariel Hemmingway starred in Manhattan as Tracy, a 17-year-old girl who goes to Dalton School and dates a 42-year-old television comedy writer who has been divorced twice. The 1979 black and white romantic comedy film did not meet with much criticism of this relationship at the time. In fact, it's the second highest grossing film (adjusted for inflation) from director Woody Allen, who also played the 42-year-old man named Isaac who had sex with a teenager.
While speaking with Anne Heche and Heather Duffy on their Better Together with Anne & Heather podcast, the actor and granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway said the movie "100% Couldn't Come Out Today" given the underage romance depicted in the film.
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"I won't condone behavior," said Hemingway, "but that film probably couldn't come out today."
Hemmingway has released the new HBO documentaries “Allen v. Farrow "yet, which investigates the events that led to 7-year-old Dylan Farrow, the daughter of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, accusing her father of sexually abusing her in 1992, the actor said it was very difficult to discuss this situation. She loved Allen and her experience with him on Manhattan was wonderful.
"It's a bit sensitive to me because he didn't find me disrespectful or uncomfortable," said Hemmingway. "I don't know Mia, I don't know Ronan and I don't know Dylan. I don't know this story. It's not my story to tell."
The actress went on to say that she is not involved in the situation because it goes against the beliefs of whoever thinks she is the filmmaker.
"I say I am not defending on a bandstand, but the integrity of its work for me remains intact," said Hemmingway. "I'm not going this way with him. Maybe that's cowardly of mine."
Heche said it was important for her to create a space on her show that "continues the conversation so we can all grow".
"Look, we may not always say the right thing, we might stumble, we might say something that is politically incorrect, but our motives are pure," said Heche.
Hemmingway said the direction of the so-called "abandonment culture" is fearful because it does not "want to end the conversation and cut off who they were in a generation with us".
"We can no longer be in a gray area," said Hemmingway. "We have to choose a side ... who said that ?! That's not how we grow! "
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