Harrison Ford responds to Ender's Game author's controversial views

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Jul 19, 2013, 9:28 AM EDT

It’s no secret that Harrison Ford has gotten a little ornery as he’s aged, and he certainly doesn’t suffer fools lightly, especially when they are reporters. During the Ender’s Game press room at San Diego Comic-Con Thursday afternoon, Ford was a tad prickly but a whole lot eloquent as he deftly handled questions about author Orson Scott Card’s very public homophobic statements, and the concerns of fans of the book that the movie will be issue-light and just action-heavy.

Not long after the start of the interviews, Ford was specifically asked if the Ender’s Game author’s opinions influenced his decision to be a part of the film and if his recent statements about the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage was impactful on the film.

Looking a little pained, Ford asked in deadpan, “Is that question for me? That’s great,” which earned him a lot of laughs. But he turned even more serious as he said, “I think none of Mr. Card’s concerns regarding the issue of gay marriage are part of the thematics of this film. He has written something that I think is of value to us all [in] considering our moral responsibilities. I think his views outside of those that we deal with in this film are not an issue for me to deal with, so I have really no opinion on that issue. And I am aware of his statements admitting that the question of gay marriage is a battle that he lost, and he admits that he lost it.” With a dramatic pause, Ford continued, “I think we all know that we’ve all won, that humanity has won. And I think that’s the end of the story.”

Yes, that earned him a lot of spontaneous applause.

A bit later, Ford fielded another question asking if he thinks their adaptation is going leave audiences pondering the deeper moral issues of Card’s novel. Ford offered, “This movie I think is very prescient, and I think the novel was very prescient, in recognizing something that we now have as a reality in our lives, which is the ability to wage war at a distance — and to do the business of war somewhat emotionally disconnected from it. So the morality of that military commander, and the military command structure — the morality of a society which raises a military and wages war — are the moral concerns of this film. They are something we are wrestling with daily in our lives.The issue of having interplanetary warfare is a science fiction aspect of it, but what gives it such emotional tone and reality is that these are the concerns of our everyday lives.”

That’s certainly music to the ears of those who love the book version of Ender’s Game, and have been worried that the film version is going to water down some of the darkest topics of war, death and moral ambiguity that are tackled frankly on the page. Sounds like frank Ford just earned some sighs of relief.

Ender’s Game opens Nov. 1, 2013.