For reasons unknown, many celebrities still treat accused child molester Woody Allen as some kind of demi-god.
Actually, the reasons are fairly well-assumed, having something to do with the notion that actors in his movies tend to win awards.
Blake Lively, who stars in Allen’s upcoming film Cafe Society, is the latest celeb to overlook Allen’s alleged crimes, possibly for a chance at a prestigious awards nomination.
“[Woody] creates a very pleasant set where everybody’s just happy to be there and happy to be making a movie, and happy to be a part of film history,” Lively told Hamptons magazine.
“For him to have that confidence in you almost give you the confidence in yourself to just go with the flow.
“And those are the moments he really likes, the found moments, the moments that aren’t written but just happen.”
The film, which also stars Steve Carell, Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg, may be Lively’s first shot at her peers regarding her as a serious actor.
“It’s really cool to work with a director who’s done so much, because he knows exactly what he wants,” she continued.
“The fact that he does one shot for an entire scene — [and] this could be a scene with eight people and one to two takes — it give you a level of confidence because when he’s got it, he knows it.”
In 1992, Dylan Farrow, Allen’s adoptive daughter with Mia Farrow, accused the director of sexually abusing her.
While Allen has denied the accusations and was never charged, Mia, Dylan and brother Rowan have insisted they are accurate.
Dylan and Rowan have called out celebrities who continue to work with Allen despite the disturbing claims, including Alec Baldwin, Louis CK and Scarlett Johansson.
But it sounds like Lively and the rest feel that the chance to work with the Oscar-winning director trumps the possibility that he may be a pedophile.