WARSAW — Posters for Milos Forman’s “The People vs. Larry Flynt” have created an uproar in Poland — and may help the film become the biggest hit of the season. Pic opened Friday to packed houses in Warsaw.
The film’s Polish distributor, Syrena Entertainment, covered half of its main promotional billboard, the portion portraying Woody Harrelson on a cross, as Catholic groups Friday threatened a lawsuit. The previous night the poster had been vandalized. Harrelson’s figure has now been covered over with red paint.
Meanwhile the daily paper, Zycie, withdrew its logo from 10,000 posters. “We did not have problems with the movie itself, but we did not know what the poster looked like,” said Zycie managing editor Jerzy Wzysocki.
Syrena’s CEO Levis Minford said: “The billboard was up for a week before anyone said anything. It seems that people were following the example of the protests in France. We decided to pull the billboard because it had already been defaced, not because of the protests.”