Harrison Ford tries (again) to ease our minds about Ender's Game controversy

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Oct 10, 2013

It’s no secret that the seemingly awesome Ender’s Game flick has gotten mired in the controversy surrounding author Orson Scott Card’s personal beliefs, and now star Harrison Ford and director Gavin Hood are speaking out to defend the film.

The cast and crew are tracking across the U.K. to promote the film, and the duo once again found themselves having to try and separate the film from Card’s controversial, hardline stance against same sex marriage.

Ford notes that the book is almost three decades old, and reiterates that it has nothing to do with Card’s views:

“This movie doesn't address any of those issues. It was written 28 years ago; it's a very impressive act of imagination that he could predict the internet, and that he could predict drone warfare ... There is nothing in the film or the book addressing his current dispositions, or prejudices. We care about the positive aspects of the story we are telling.”

Hood took things a step further, and dug into the reasons he took on the film — despite Card’s beliefs. His thoughts sound pretty heartfelt, and it’s nice to see Hood’s passion for the project:

“It's well known Orson Scott Card and I have different views on the issue of gay marriage and gay rights ... It has been a real dilemma for me: I love the book Ender's Game, it's all about tolerance and compassion, and understanding the other. When I first read the book I was deeply moved by a story aimed at young people that I could share with my children and access ideas in a way that was exciting for them, and yet allowed us to talk about compassion, tolerance, diplomacy, even.

"The themes of the novel are so important to me – drone warfare, the way games and reality merge in the modern world, the way we hide behind a computer screen, that young people are seduced into war – and I love them from the book. It's very difficult for me to reconcile that with his clearly contrary views to the ones I hold on the issue of gay rights.”

There’s a bit more at the full interview over at The Guardian, which is a nice bit to contemplate while we wait the final few weeks until the film hits the big screen on Nov. 1 in the U.S.

Do you think Card’s beliefs will affect the film?

(Via The Guardian)

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