Although it certainly wasn’t his intent, Louis CK kicked off a brand new conversation about the “redemption” of accused and admitted harassers and assaulters last month, barging back into the public consciousness with a surprise stand-up set at New York’s Comedy Cellar. The comic’s depressingly on-brand effort to show off new material to an audience that didn’t know it was coming restarted public discussion about “how long” men like CK—who admitted to exposing himself to women and pressuring them into watching him masturbate late last year, after a New York Times piece brought years worth of allegations against him fully into the light—should be kept out of public platforms. Obviously, no one’s reached a clear consensus on the topic—although “certainly more than a year, asshole” seems to be a prevailing trend—but it did drum up some renewed interest in the questions swirling around CK’s career.
All of which is preamble to the awkward position that actress Chloë Grace Moretz—currently promoting Neil Jordan’s new movie Greta at the Toronto International Film Festival—was placed in this week, when she was asked to comment on CK’s quickly-shelved 2017 feature I Love You, Daddy. As we noted at the time, CK’s movie, about a father wrestling with his daughter’s association with a Woody Allen-esque figure, would be awkward bordering on creepy even if it hadn’t been made by a man dogged by then-rumors of sexually harassing behavior. Once CK confirmed the allegations against him, it became completely unworkable, with distributor The Orchard yanking it from the schedule and dumping it into the dustbin of history.
Which is where it will stay, if Moretz has her way: As reported by Variety, the actress stated at TIFF that, in no uncertain terms, she would love it if no one ever saw the movie, and that it simply went away, forever. While noting that “It’s not for me to say” what the timeline should be on some sort of potential return for CK, she made it clear that, “The movie that we made shouldn’t be seen.”
“I don’t think that it’s a perspective or a story that needs to be told in this day and age, especially in the wake of everything that’s come to light,” Moretz stated. “I think it should stay away.”
CK reportedly bought back the distribution rights to the film from The Orchard in December of 2017.