LONDON — Acknowledging the sensitivity of the material, Ridley Scott described his “Kingdom of Heaven” epic, at the May 2 European preem, as “in many ways the toughest film I’ve ever made,” he said. “People who don’t understand the message of tolerance can bleep off.”
“Heaven,” which chronicles the struggle between Christians and Muslims for control of Jerusalem in the 12th century, has been criticized in some U.K. academic circles for fueling Islamic fundamentalism.
But Scott fiercely rejects such claims: “Religious difference, right now, is causing a great lack of understanding, so I felt it was important to show that not all Muslims are bad, and that not everyone in the West is good.”
Two days later, Scott and thesps Orlando Bloom and Eva Green had winged their way to New York — where they were joined by co-stars Liam Neeson, Marton Csokas, Khalid Mobauly and Brendan Gleeson — for the Gotham preem on May 4.
Everything was status quo for arrivals and the unspooling, but instead of a glitzy post party, Fox went the subdued route, opting for a quiet filmmaker dinner at the Metropolitan Club.