Adrien Brody Thinks It's 'Unfair' To Bring Up Woody Allen And Roman Polanski's Past

"It's not something to focus on."
Adrien Brody discusses "Manhattan Night" during the AOL BUILD Speaker Series on May 16, 2016, in New York.
Adrien Brody discusses "Manhattan Night" during the AOL BUILD Speaker Series on May 16, 2016, in New York.

Actor and artist Adrien Brody apparently likes to look away from controversy when it stares him in the face. 

During a Monday appearance on Jenny McCarthy's SiriusXM morning show, the Academy Award winner talked about essentially separating the art from the artist while working with Woody Allen and Roman Polanski, two directors McCarthy described as "lightning rods of controversy." 

"Well, I think life is very complicated," Brody said. "I look to collaborate with artistic people and to go into an endeavor without judgment and to hopefully be treated with the same. And it's an artistic pursuit, and Polanski, for instance, had a very complicated and difficult life. And it would be unfair of me to delve into something as complicated as the past that was brought up in the media."

Polanski was recently the butt of a joke at the Cannes film festival, regarding his 1977 arrest for having sex with a 13-year-old girl. Brody worked with Polanski on the 2002 film "The Pianist." 

When pushed by McCarthy as to whether or not private life should be separated from work, Brody said "To a certain extent ... I mean, again, people make mistakes in [their] lives." 

After the radio host brought comedian Bill Cosby's allegations into the mix, the actor added, "I think there's a lot of catastrophe in this world and a lot of cruelty and a lot of carelessness. Of course, it's horrible what comes out sometimes, and people have done things in their lives that may be inexcusable, but it's not something to focus on."

Woody Allen, who Brody worked with for 2011's "Midnight in Paris," recently came under fire after reporter Ronan Farrow wrote a scathing column slamming Hollywood and the media for ignoring Woody Allen's alleged abuse. Brody's comments further prove Farrow's point, as he joins the ranks of Hollywood heavyweights who've come to Allen's defense or simply choose to ignore it, instead of questioning his past allegations. 

Blake Lively recently stood up for Allen while making the rounds for their new film "Café Society." The actress told the Los Angeles Times that she chose to ignore allegations against the controversial director while shooting their movie. 

"It’s amazing what Woody has written for women," Lively said. "It’s very dangerous to factor in things you don’t know anything about. I could [only] know my experience. And my experience with Woody is he’s empowering to women.” 



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