Woody Allen tried to sleep with teen co-star Mariel Hemingway
At this point, there’s an established history of predatory behavior with Woody Allen and younger women, not to mention the fact that his estranged adopted daughter Dylan Farrow publicly accused him of molesting her when she was a child. That being said, the fact that “Manhattan” co-star Mariel Hemingway reveals some creepy behavior on behalf of the director in the 53-year-old actress’s forthcoming memoir “Out Came the Sun” is sadly unsurprising.
As you might remember, 1979’s “Manhattan” centered around the then 44-year-old director’s and star playing the role of a middle-aged man in a relationship with a 17-year-old high school student portrayed by Hemingway. An extra layer of slime is added by the fact that the relationship in the film is believed by many to be inspired by Allen’s relationship with actress Stacy Nelkin, who he met when she was 17. It’s also believed that Allen based some of the relationship on the letters he exchanged with 13-year-old pen pal Nancy Jo Sales, who Allen corresponded with when he was in his early 40s. According to Vanity Fair, Hemingway’s memoir contains a passage recalling when Allen came out to visit her at her family’s home in Idaho when she was 18, two years after they collaborated on “Manhattan.”
“Our relationship was platonic, but I started to see that he had a kind of crush on me, though I dismissed it as the kind of thing that seemed to happen any time middle-aged men got around young women,” wrote Hemingway.
However, Allen’s intentions didn’t seem so platonic when he invited the teen to go away Paris with him. Despite the fact that her parents actually encouraged her to take Allen up on his offer, she didn’t trust his motivations.
According to the excerpt initially obtained by Fox News, Hemingway tried to reason with her overly accommodating parents.
“I didn’t know what the [sleeping] arrangement was going to be [in Paris], that I wasn’t sure if I was even going to have my own room,” wrote Hemingway. “Woody hadn’t said that. He hadn’t even hinted it. But I wanted them to put their foot down. They didn’t. They kept lightly encouraging me.”
It sounds like Hemingway had to be the voice of reason since she claims that she woke up in the middle of the night with the realization that she wasn’t going to get her own room and the trip was just a ruse for the director to be isolated and alone with the young actress. Instead of waiting for the morning to confront Allen, she woke him up and asked “I’m not going to get my own room, am I? I can’t go to Paris with you.”
Apparently, Allen left town the next morning.
Oddly enough, Allen was Hemingway’s first kiss (if you want to count it, since it was for a movie).
“I had never kissed anybody. So the kiss in the cab around Central Park terrified me. I was worried about it for weeks,” Hemingway told The New Cinema Magazine in 2010. Fortunately it was a long shot and I didn’t have to do much…he attacked me like I was a linebacker.”
Now that Woody Allen is working on a series for Amazon, it’ll be interesting to see who plays his next teen or 20-something love interest.