Nearly six months after sexual harassment allegations prompted him to stay away from this year’s Academy Awards, Casey Affleck is ready to return to the public eye and start talking again about his latest movie projects, which in this week’s case is his upcoming film with Robert Redford, “The Old Man and the Gun.”
But in sitting down with the Associated Press, the 42-year-old actor knew he had to address the #MeToo elephant in the room — allegations stemming from two 2010 lawsuits filed by female crew members who say he sexually harassed them on the set the Joaquin Phoenix quasi-documentary film he was directing, “I’m Still Here.”
Brie Larson refused to applaud Casey Affleck after announcing him as best actor at the 89th annual Academy Awards in February 2017. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
In the interview, Affleck expressed regret and embarrassment about being involved “in a conflict that led to a lawsuit.” He also admitted he was wrong for not taking responsibility as the boss on the film’s set for promoting a more professional workplace environment.
“I contributed to that unprofessional environment, and I tolerated that kind of behavior from other people and I wish that I hadn’t,” Affleck said. “And I regret a lot of that. I really did not know what I was responsible for as the boss. I don’t even know if I thought of myself as the boss. But I behaved in a way and allowed others to behave in a way that was really unprofessional. And I’m sorry.”
But as much as some headlines this week portrayed Affleck’s as “apologizing,” and some on social media praised him for sounded “sincere” and “contrite,” others thought his “fell short.”
That includes Daily Beast writer Amy Zimmerman who first brought attention to the lawsuits when Affleck was campaigning for a best actor Oscar for the 2016 film “Manchester by the Sea.” During interviews for “Manchester by the Sea” in 2016 and early 2017, the younger brother of Ben Affleck and longtime friend of Matt Damon either refused to talk about the allegations, citing a confidential legal settlement, or he would only refer to them obliquely and suggest he had been falsely accused of certain actions.
As usual, Affleck expressed a desire to move on, saying in an interview with the Boston Globe after he won the Oscar in 2017: “There’s really nothing I can do about it, other than live my life the way I know I live it and to speak to what my own values are and how I try to live by them all the time.”
In his Associated Press interview, Affleck tried to come off as less defensive than he had in 2016 and 2017. He said he had learned a lot from the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, including how to move “from a place of being defensive to one of a more mature point of view” — of “trying to find my own culpability.”
So that meant Affleck was willing to admit he was responsible …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment