'Ender's Game' Cast Has Interesting Take on Orson Scott Card's Homophobia
At Comic-Con today, Ender's Game director Gavin Hood and stars Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford responded to concerns about Ender's Game author Orson Scott Card's homophobia and anti-gay marriage views.
Hood separated the work from the author, stating that the book was what he was interested in, not the author's homophobic views.
"I optioned the book, not an author, and I love what the author said in that book," Hood said, adding that he thought the themes of kindness and compassion ran polar opposite to the author's views.
"I think it's slightly bitterly ironic that those themes that are present in the book are not carried through on his particular view on gay marriage."
Butterfield, the 16-year-old actor who plays the film's titular character, said he supported gay rights as well as the use of Card's book for the film.
"You can't blame a work for its author," Butterfield said.
As for the film's biggest star, Harrison Ford, the actor also echoed the sentiment that the film was in no way influenced by the views of Orson Scott Card.
Ford also thought that in the wake of the Supreme Court's DOMA decision, Card's homophobia was an outdated, unpopular view anyway: