September 29th, 2009
07:10 PM ET
Roman Polanski's got friends in high places. Whether they can really burnish his image is another matter.
Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, David Lynch and Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton are among the showbiz luminaries who have signed a petition demanding Polanski's release.
The famed director was picked up in Zurich, Switzerland on Saturday and faces possible extradition to the U.S. on a child sex case that dates back to 1977.
I can see some value in having Scorsese and Swinton in your corner, but Woody Allen? He faced a sex scandal of his own involving the adopted daughter of his former partner, Mia Farrow.
Actor/writer Buck Henry and director John Landis also signed the petition. Landis was charged (and later acquitted) of involuntary manslaughter years ago in the deaths of two child actors on the set of the movie, "Twilight Zone".
As for Henry, fans of "Saturday Night Live's" early years will recall he played a recurring character on the show, a cheesy pedophile named Uncle Roy who was always trying to get two girls (played by Gilda Radner and Lorraine Newman) to pose for Polaroid shots.
Do you think these are good candidates to speak out on Polanski's behalf?
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