Woody Allen tells Alec Baldwin he'll 'probably make at least one more movie'

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Alec Baldwin is no stranger to scandal, and he waded further into controversial waters as he interviewed filmmaker Woody Allen, who has previously been accused of child sexual abuse by his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow.

In a nearly hourlong Instagram Live session Tuesday that kept topics light and avoided any hard-hitting questions, Allen, 86, told Baldwin he is "about to maybe do my 50th movie" in Paris, but likely wouldn't do much more directing in his career.

"I'll probably make at least one more movie, but a lot of the thrill is gone because it doesn't have the whole cinema effect," Allen said. "When I started, you'd do a film and it would go into movie houses all over the country and people would come by the hundreds to watch it in big groups on the big screen. Now, you do a movie and you get a couple of weeks in a movie house … and then it goes right to streaming."

The two spent much of the hour reminiscing about old Hollywood, sharing their experiences in quarantine (both said they avoided getting COVID-19) and reflecting on Allen's career in entertainment.

Baldwin made the announcement Sunday on social media that he would go on Instagram Live with Allen. "Be there," he said in the video, where Baldwin is seen holding up Allen's book "Zero Gravity," his first new collection of short stories in 15 years, published June 7. "I love you, Woody," Baldwin also said in the video.

In the post's caption, Baldwin seemingly attempted to get ahead of the backlash by writing: "Let me preface this by stating that I have ZERO INTEREST in anyone's judgment and sanctimonious posts here."

"I am OBVIOUSLY someone who has my own set of beliefs and COULD NOT CARE LESS about anyone else’s speculation," he continued. "If you believe that a trial should be conducted by way of an HBO documentary, that’s your issue."

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In 2017, Farrow’s allegations against her estranged adoptive father received renewed attention in the wake of the #MeToo movement, which took Hollywood by storm following her brother Ronan Farrow’s reporting on Harvey Weinstein. The author has long maintained that Allen molested her when she was a child, discussing the alleged assault in articles and on camera, including Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering's HBO docuseries "Allen v. Farrow."

Allen has consistently denied the allegations and has not been criminally charged.

Baldwin has worked with Allen on films including 1990's "Alice," 2012's "To Rome With Love" and 2013's "Blue Jasmine."

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Baldwin has faced his own share of controversy lately following the October shooting on the set of his Western movie "Rust," which involved the actor firing a prop gun that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

In April, extensive video footage was released in the ongoing investigation and shed light on the internal issues that led to the tragic incident, including violations of known industry safety protocols. According to a report released that same month, the young armorer on the set, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, was not given the chance to perform her job and stated that "Rust" did "not provide staff responsible for ensuring firearms safety with sufficient time to inspect ammunition received to ensure that no live rounds were present."

Data files released by the Santa Fe County Sheriff's office in April included a video of investigators debriefing Baldwin within hours of the fatal shooting, talking with him inside a compact office. The investigation files also include rehearsal clips that show Baldwin in costume as he practices a quick-draw maneuver with a gun.

At a ranch on the outskirts of Santa Fe on Oct. 21, 2021, Baldwin was pointing a gun at Hutchins when it went off, killing Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza. They had been inside a small church during setup for filming a scene.

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault and are in need of support, please call RAINN's National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline (800-656-4673). You can also chat with someone online at https://hotline.rainn.org/online.

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Contributing: Charles Trepany and Edward Segarra

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Alec Baldwin interviews Woody Allen on Instagram Live

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