Harrison Ford has defended his new film Ender’s Game, saying it does not represent the controversial views of the film’s writer Orson Scott Card.
Card was a member of the anti-same-sex-marriage pressure group National Organisation for Marriage until recently and controversially wrote an opinion piece comparing Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler.
Ford is adamant Card’s political beliefs are not relevant to the film’s content.
He told The Guardian, “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.”
The film’s director Gavin Hood also distanced himself from Card’s views and revealed he wasn’t sure if he would make the film because of their different stances on gay rights issues.
Hood said, “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.”