“I said, ‘I don’t. I don’t work for him or with him and I’m not associated with him,'” the ‘League of Their Own’ star recalled after calling Allen a “pedophile.”
Rosie O’Donnell didn’t hesitate to turn down an offer to star in a Woody Allen film.
The ‘A League of Their Own’ actress recently recalled on ‘The Howard Stern Show’ that following a 1995 HBO comedy special where she criticized the child abuse accusations against Allen, the director called her to star in his feature film “Sweet and Lowdown”.
“I had done a special on HBO where I told all about him,” O’Donnell said, via Weekly entertainment. “And then I went on my show. So this is my show’s first year and I get a call and they’re like, ‘He wants you on [‘Sweet and Lowdown’]. I said, ‘Please send her my HBO special.’ And the woman said, ‘Oh, he’s seen it before.’ And I said, ‘Send it anyway with two words: Fuck no.’ And I sent it to him.
Sean Penn and Uma Thurman directed the 1999 feature. As O’Donnell continued, Allen’s team persisted in asking him to appear in the film despite his scathing comments against the “Manhattan” director.
“They called back and said, ‘He really wants you to do this. He would love to tell you about it,” the “American Gigolo” star shared. “I said, ‘I don’t. I don’t work for him or with him and I’m not associated with him.'”
O’Donnell added that Allen seemed frustrated at “not being able to use his weight to pull someone to his side” when he “had a lot of people under his spell”.
The situation also led O’Donnell to befriend Mia Farrow.
“She heard this story and she called me to see if it was true and I said, ‘Oh yes, it’s true.’ And she started crying and said, “Even my closest friends didn’t stand behind me through all of this and here you did your HBO special and now you did, I’m forever indebted to you”, O’Donnell explained. “I said, ‘You don’t owe me one bit, but you’re my friend and I’ve looked up to you for years and what you’ve done with your life.'”
O’Donnell’s former HBO special compared Allen to OJ Simpson, saying the ‘Annie Hall’ author “annoys” him more than the alleged murderer.
“Can you believe the nerve of this guy, showing up in public with his lover-daughter?” O’Donnell talked about Allen and Soon-Yi Previn. “Incest, mate, is a word. Look for it. Pedophile, what a concept. Have you heard of this?”
She added: “I forgot this rule: you can adopt a baby and when she turns 16, fuck her! It’s the Woody Allen clause in all adoption contracts… Every day my agent has been calling me for a month saying, ‘Please don’t talk about OJ, please don’t Don’t Do That by Woody Allen. People like it in Hollywood, it could hurt your career. Oh yeah? So I won’t be in “Annie Hall 2″. Eat me.”
In 2014, O’Donnell said she “totally believes” Dylan Farrow’s claims, calling Allen’s ex Mia Farrow one of her “really good friends”.
“She’s the best mother I’ve ever seen,” O’Donnell said at the time (via Deadline). “I strongly believe in Mia and I strongly believe in Dylan.”
During “The Howard Stern Show,” O’Donnell shared a similar view of Michael Jackson, another alleged child molester. The late King of Pop asked to meet O’Donnell at a wedding they were both attending. O’Donnell recalled telling Jackson’s security guard, “I am a member of the Children’s Defense Fund and I believe in all the charges against him”, and Jackson did not approach her.
Both Allen and Jackson were the subject of HBO’s true-crime documentaries, “Allen v. Farrow” detailing Dylan’s alleged abuse and “Finding Neverland” about several of Jackson’s accusers.