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Harrison Ford wrestled with decision to act in "Ender's Game" due to Orson Scott Card's homophobia

Seasoned Actor Harrison Ford has come out in defense of his latest work in “Ender’s Game” despite the controversy surrounding creator Orson Scott Card’s homophobic views. Ford maintains that the author’s personal views should not be linked to the film adaptation of the 1985 novel.

Card’s name has been splashing around in scandals left and right for years, and controversy over his forthright homophobia has only increased in the months preceding the film’s release. In February, DC Comics—which has also been in hot water with the LGBT community as of late—hired Card to compose a digital chapter of “Superman.” 

Since this summer, promises and petitions to boycott the new film have been spreading like wildfire. In the past, Card has called gay rights a “collective delusion.”

Still, at a London press conference on October 7, Harrison Ford affirmed his stance that Card’s prejudices should be separated from the potential success of the film.

“It’s well known Orson Scott Card and I have different views on the issue of gay marriage and gay rights,” said Ford, according to the Guardian. “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.”

The science-fiction film revolves around a pending alien invasion of earth, a war in space, and mankind’s struggle to survive it.

“Should I not have made the film because of his views?” said Ford. “I wrestled with that, and you know what? I thought: if I don’t put these ideas out on screen, we wouldn’t be having this conversation. We are having this conversation precisely because the themes of the book are at odds with his current ideas. I’m very proud of the film, and I felt strongly that I didn’t want to lose my love of this book because its creator seems to be in a different zone to me on this issue.”

In July, Ford told the Associated Press that Card has a right to his opinion and, after the Defense of Marriage Act was ruled unconstitutional, he said Card tried to “get on with the rest of his life.”

Card has said that he wished to “destroy that government and bring it down, so it can be replaced with a government that will respect and support marriage, and help me raise my children in a society where they will expect to marry in their turn.” In August, he wrote, “Obama is by character and preference, a dictator,” before going off on a racism-fueled tirade that compared the current United States president to Adolf Hitler.

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Written By:
Erin Higgins
Erin Higgins
Thu, Oct 10, 2013
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