Comic-Con: ‘Ender’s Game’ Filmmakers Talk LGBT Controversy

Filmmakers don't shy away from controversy during Comic-Con panel to promote Summit's film

Director Gavin Hood and producer Roberto Orci have embraced the controversy surrounding “Ender’s Game” author Orson Scott Card’s opposition to gay marriage and support of the National Organization for Marriage.

When brought up during a Q&A session during Summit’s Comic-Con presentation for the film, Orci said, “The truth is you never want to court controversy, but we decided to use the attention on us to support Lionsgate’s statement of support of LGBT rights. So rather than shy away, we are happy to embrace it and use the spotlight to say we support LGBT rights.”

Hood backed up the producer, saying that the film has themes of “compassion” and “empathy” “and I hope I’ve delivered that” to the 6,000 filling the San Diego Convention Center’s massive Hall H.

SEE ALSO: Lionsgate: ‘Ender’s Game’ Author’s Gay-Marriage Views ‘Irrelevant’

A campaign to boycott the film sprung up last week after Card expressed his views against gay marriage. Summit were quick to distance itself from his opinions.

“The simple fact is that neither the underlying book nor the film itself reflect these views in any way, shape or form,” the companies said in a statement. “On the contrary, the film not only transports viewers to an entertaining and action-filled world, but it does so with positive and inspiring characters who ultimately deliver an ennobling and life-affirming message.”

SEE ALSO: ‘Ender’s Game’ Author Rejects Gay Geek Boycott of Film

The panel presented new footage for the film, which played well to the audience, and brought out Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld and Asa Butterfield to join Hood and Orci. Outside of the Card controversy, the panel was light-hearted, with Hood especially winning over the packed house during his first trip to Comic-Con.

For example, when asked which prop he would keep from “Ender’s Game,” Hood said he would take Ford.

Ford had some fun with his fans, including panel moderator Chris Hardwick, of Nerdist Industries.

In one jokingly heated exchange, Ford quipped to Hardwick: “I am never coming back here again.” This year marks Ford’s second time at Comic-Con after promoting “Cowboys & Aliens.”

When asked by one Brazilian fan if Ford ever dreamed of Indiana Jones, the actor responded, “You and I have a lot in common. I used to dream about Indiana Jones a lot. Not so much anymore.”

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  1. Kevin Foster says:

    Now Lionsgate and the talent are all engaging in marriage equality reductionism of Card’s invidious anti-gay hatred. This is about so much more than a difference of opinion on equal marriage. Card says gays should be sent to prison, that federal sodomy laws should be reinstated. Card was a board member of NOM who not only opposes equality but also endorses gay “cures”. As a producer, Card will get a cut of the profits and as a Mormon he will tithe 10% to the church that works hard at keeping LGBT people in fear about their basic human rights and has been successful at crushing those rights in the past. It is really disappointing that talent like Ford and the others can’t or won’t see that this is about so much more and that has really changed my opinion about them.

    • When did Card call for Gay people to be put in jail? How can he “hate” gay people and be as anti as you and others say when he has supported civil partnerships?

      It s the height of hypocrisy to attack somebody for not thinking that certain people shouldn’t have the same “rights” as others,q whilst blatantly telling everyone that he isn’t allowed the same rights as everyone else.

      The “downside” of freedom of speech, here in Britain, there in America and all over the place, is that it applies to EVERYONE, not just the people you agree ith, or share ideologies and religious views with. That’s why we have to tolerate the BNP and other . effectively, racist bodies having their rallies and marches etc. As long as they don’t promote or incite violence and so on they are allowed to exist just as we are..

      So what gives people the right to tell Christians and others whose religion states that Homosexuality is a sin, to abandon their faith; as long as they do not seek to harm, or preach hatred of homosexuals? Some Christians believe only a male, a priest, can “represent Christ; and they have to remain celibate to do so. Others don’t believe in the celibacy part. Yet more are OK with female priests, but not bishops; then there are those who believe that the new testament gets rid of so many of the Old Testament’s laws that Homosexuality is not sin. ALL of them are entitled their own views and values on the matter. My grandfather was a bishop, and many of my family are very religious indeed. Many of them are decent, kind, caring people, but they cannot see a way “out of” what the Bible says. As such they think Homosexuality is not acceptable. But for the most part they would NEVER do anything to hinder homosexuals Others, like my sister and I, simply cannot believe that God would create Homosexuals only to condemn them from birth! That good person would somehow fail because despite all their good works, they were gay. We are ALL allowed to follow our religious, or personal beliefs. Following your religion and simply believing at your core, that Homosexuality wrong, as God said so, is Not hatred, it is not bigotry, it is simply something that people BELIEVE at their core and HAVE to believe if they are to go to heaven. Show some tolerance for them, just as we ask, and show, tolerance for homosexuals.

  2. PDX_Guy says:

    I wonder how much “embracing” they will be doing when they cut a check for Card’s part of the box office as a producer? Boycott is on!

    • Kevin Foster says:

      Card wrote this in http://www.nauvoo.com, a Mormon blog:

      “Laws against homosexual behavior should remain on the books, not to be indiscriminately enforced against anyone who happens to be caught violating them, but to be used when necessary to send a clear message that those who flagrantly violate society’s regulation of sexual behavior cannot be permitted to remain as acceptable, equal citizens within that society.”

      And at ornery.org he wrote this after the Supreme Court struck down sodomy laws WHICH WERE USED TO JAIL GAY PEOPLE saying the law should have been upheld:

      “The recent decision by the Supreme Court to strike down the anti-sodomy law in Texas was in direct violation of the precedent set by the Supreme Court itself twenty or so years ago when it upheld a nearly identical Georgia law.

      Was there any amendment to the Constitution in the meantime? No.

      There is no such thing on this earth as a human society that does not closely regulate the sexual and reproductive behavior of its members, to one degree or another. So it’s not as if the Supreme Court can draw upon some claim of “natural law” or common law as the basis of its recent decision.”

  3. rfk says:

    There’s no homophobia in the film version of “Ender’s Game”… even though Ender is attacked in the shower by older boys!

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