Colin Firth starred alongside Emma Stone in 2014’s Magic in the Moonlight, one of Allen’s smaller later films. It was financially successful, but the critics weren’t particularly kind to the film, and neither were the award agencies. The only win Magic in the Moonlight received came from the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, which presented Firth and Stone with the EDA Special Mention Award for the most egregious age gap between the lead actor and the love interest – they’re 33 years apart.
Regardless, the film did well enough, and both stars worked with Allen, but for Firth, it was the first and last time he did. Firth filmed his scenes in 2013, just before Dylan Farrow released an open letter detailing her molestation by Allen at the age of seven. Although the allegation never led to charges, Farrow’s letter caught Allen’s attention again as he was honored with yet another Oscar nomination for his work.
In January 2018, Farrow gave her first on-camera interview on the subject with CBS News. That same day, The Guardian asked Firth if he would ever appear in another Allen project, and the actor’s response was a curt “I wouldn’t work with him again.” Similarly, Firth spoke out against Harvey Weinstein, who served as executive producer of The King’s Speech, which earned Firth an Academy Award. Firth told The Guardian he felt sick to reading about the allegations after benefiting from Weinstein’s support, so it’s not surprising he would feel the same about Allen.
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