If you expected the man who embodied Indiana Jones and Han Solo to take a stronger stance against inequality and hate, you’re in for a surprise. Harrison Ford, who stars in the upcoming film adaptation of Ender’s Game, said the antigay comments made by the book’s author Orson Scott Card are “not an issue” for him.
The futuristic film, which depicts a child military trained by the government to wage interplanetary war, won’t be released until November but has already proven to be perhaps the year’s most controversial movie due to Card’s contentious statements (four years ago he joined the board of National Organization for Marriage, which aggresively opposes same-sex unions). A group of LGBT sci-fi fans called Geeks OUT has organized an online petition and urges others to boycott the film.
Ford, who plays a military commander in the sci-fi epic, spoke about the film at Comic-Con in San Diego and made it clear that he fundamentally disagrees with Card’s antigay stance and wants fans to see the film as separate from the divisive issue.
“I think none of Mr Card’s concerns regarding the issues of gay marriage are part of the thematics of this film,” Ford explained. “He has written something that I think is of value to us all concerning moral responsibility. I think his views outside of those that we deal with in this film are not an issue for me to deal with and something I have really no opinion on.”
The actor added, “I am aware of his statements admitting that the question of gay marriage is a battle that he lost and he admits that he lost it. I think we all know that we’ve all won. That humanity has won. And I think that’s the end of the story.”
Lionsgate, the studio that will release the film November 1, has a long record of distributing LGBT-themed films such as Gods and Monsters and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. In a statement released last week, a rep from the studio said pledged to host a benefit premiere for the film that will support LGBT causes.