Harrison Ford, the star of the upcoming
big screen adaptation of Ender's Game, has dismissed the
controversy surrounding the film over its author's anti-gay activism.
Speaking in London to promote Ender's
Game, Ford said that Orson Scott Card's views are not relevant to
“This movie doesn't address any of
those issues,” Ford is quoted as saying by UK's The
Guardian. “It was written 28 years ago; it's a very
impressive act of imagination that he could predict the Internet, and
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.”
Director Gavin Hood said that he
disagreed with Card: “It's well known Orson Scott Card and I have
different views on the issue of gay marriage and gay rights.”
The group Geeks OUT has been calling
for a boycott of the film.
In July, Card, who until recently was a
board member of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), pleaded
for tolerance, saying that two recent Supreme Court rulings that
knocked down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and led to the return
of same-sex marriages in California, made the issue moot.
“Now it will be interesting to see
whether the victorious proponents of gay marriage will show tolerance
toward those who disagreed with them when the issue was still in
dispute,” he wrote.
But the group rejected
the plea, saying that nothing is “more democratic and tolerant
than a consumer boycott, rooted in the ideas of free market
Ender's Game stars Ford, Sir Ben
Kingsley and Abigail Breslin. It is set to open in November.