Harrison Ford has been outspoken in his support of Ender’s Game, but also in his disagreement with Orson Scott Card’s anti-gay activism. Speaking with the Guardian, Ford reiterated his stance, and added he had his own struggles in deciding whether or not to take the part.
“It’s well known Orson Scott Card and I have different views on the issue of gay marriage and gay rights,” said Harrison Ford. “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.”
“Should I not have made the film because of his views? 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.”
“It’s hard. We love the music of Richard Wagner, but he was a deep antisemite. I love Braveheart, but I don’t like what Mel Gibson has been saying about Jewish people. Art and their creators often diverge. Art is an expression of our higher selves and we who make art don’t always measure up to the art we create.”
I find that last note interesting, about artists not always living up to the art they created. I remember loving Maveric and other Mel Gibson movies growing up, and if it so happens that movie is on TV I can watch and enjoy it. However watching anything new from Tom Crusie or Will Smith is plagued by their ties to Scientology.
It also seems that Ford decided it would be alright to do the film because he felt it would inspire the conversation we’re having right now (however I’m sure the paycheck helped). So again, I don’t think I’ll be seeing the film in theaters, but I’ll try to keep an open mind about it when it comes out on Netflix.