Filmmakers ready to defend biopic from conservatives
The rumblings of conservative discontent hadn’t hit the media by Monday’s Westwood preem, but “Kinsey’s” creator seemed well aware of the possibility.At the Hammer after-bash, helmer Bill Condon admitted uncertainty whether the election’s rightward tilt would embolden conservatives to take a stand against his frank biopic, just as they did in the sex researcher’s day. “It’ll be interesting to see — I honestly don’t know,” Condon said. “We’re going to start in the blue state cities and go from there.” He pointed out that, for all the post- election handwringing, the right’s margin of victory was small, and pop culture emerged more energized than ever. “We’ve come so far since the age of Kinsey in terms of tolerance,” he said. “Kinsey did release the genie from the bottle — and you can’t put the genie back in the bottle,” said star Liam Neeson. Fox Searchlight’s Peter Rice had his own take on the election results, citing the 56 million who cast a vote for the losing side. Condon’s affable campaign for his movie is taking him around the country. “I’m in Willy Loman mode,” he told a pal in between fielding “see you at the Oscars” back slaps and exuberant “I see statues in your future” greetings. Also at the IFP benefit: producer Gail Mutrux; pic’s Peter Sarsgaard; plus Jake Gyllenhaal and Kirsten Dunst.