Last November, The New York Times published a report of Louis C.K.’s history of sexual misconduct, which C.K. admitted to in an apology distributed the next day. The report surfaced hours before C.K.’s film I Love You, Daddy, starring Chloë Grace Moretz and John Malkovich, was set to premiere in New York City; the premiere was canceled, the wider release was canned by the film’s distributor, and, by early December, the distribution rights had been sold back to C.K. In an interview with the Times this week, ahead of the release of her new film, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Moretz discussed I Love You, Daddy‘s future (or lack thereof).
When asked whether the film should ever be released, Moretz gave the Times a firm “no.” “I don’t think it should be. I think it should just kind of go away, honestly. I don’t think it’s time for them to have a voice right now,” she said. “Of course, it’s devastating to put time into a project and have it disappear. But at the same time, this movement is so powerful and so progressive that I’m just happy to be in communication with everyone and to see the big change in the face of the industry, which I think is very, very real.”
In the film, per The New Yorker, Moretz played C.K.’s 17-year-old daughter, who strikes up an affair with Malkovich’s 60-something film director known for his on- and offscreen relationships with younger women. C.K., meanwhile, played a producer engaging in a casting couch–style relationship with his TV show’s leading lady, played by Rose Byrne. All in all, I Love You, Daddy, with its multiple plot lines glorifying sexual predation, was a tactless release for the #MeToo era, which, by the time of the film’s scheduled debut, was already in full swing.
Though this is the first time Moretz has publicly commented on I Love You, Daddy since the Times published its report about C.K., she’d already distanced herself from the film even before the allegations surfaced. Two weeks prior, Moretz pulled out of all pre-release promotion, “when she was made aware of numerous possible accusations,” her publicist said at the time.
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