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Harrison Ford on the Cultural Relevance of ‘Ender’s Game’

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Hollywood mega-star Harrison Ford spent some time discussing his latest film, the big screen adaptation of controversial writer Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game sci-fi novel. One of the topics he touches on is the relevance of the movie’s story, especially considering the combination of today’s political climate and current technological abilities.

“The drone warfare aspect of this film is something that has come to be a reality in our lives, so it’s now possible to practice violence at a distance,” Ford said. “You don’t have to smell the gunsmoke and stroll past the corollary damage. But, interestingly enough, these guys who are controlling drones from an air-conditioned trailer in the Mojave Desert and could go home for lunch are still suffering from the effects of what they know they’re doing. I think Human beings have the potential to understand the complexity of the moral responsibility of taking life.”

Check out the full video interview below, and click over to see what Ford’s co-stars Asa Butterfield, aka the titular Ender, and Hailee Steinfeld have to say about their roles in the film.

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  • Archangel

    No it is still the work of a very evil man who makes the Darth Vader look like a good guy. I don’t know why anyone would want to be in a movie written by a man who would like to see people put to death just because of who they love. I so hope mister Ford will make a big donation to a charity to clean his soul for this.

  • Sentry616

    Agreed. And to anyone who says you can seperate the work from the man, ask yourself this. Would you buy one of Hitler’s paintings?

  • Chuck777

    There’s a double standard in the world. OSC’s works get demonized due to his beliefs but Roman Palanski’s works are not affected by the man’s pedophilia.

  • ecovore

    I am disappointed in CBR for even reporting on Ender’s Game.

  • ecovore

    I am disappointed in CBR for even reporting on Ender’s Game. (I only read the comments not the article).

  • Scott Mortensen

    Do you use bridges if they’re constructed by bigots? Do you care about the political or religious viewpoints of the people that built your home? Do you know the ideology of the CEO of your toothpaste brand?
    I have reservations about the viewpoints of HP Lovecraft, Roman Polanski, Mel Gibson, and Orson Scott Card. And yet he’s still an excellent writer, and his books contain a surprising amount of humanity and empathy. Cards views are clearly religiously based and thus predictable, and given how every book of his seems to have scenes that are homoerotic, I think he’s a homophobe in the true sense of the word, he is repressed and fears an aspect of something inside himself.

  • ecovore

    I do care about all these things. I buy green stocks, I don’t go to Chick-Fil-A, I haven’t bought gas at Exxon in 20 years (Exxon Valdez), and I buy sustainably harvested seafood. If the CEO of my toothpaste company has opposing views, then yes I will buy a new toothpaste even if it doesn’t taste as good. We vote with our wallets.

  • Scott Mortensen

    It’s just a new kind of blacklist, so you can bunker down in a comfortable enclave and surround yourself with yes-men that never challenge your beliefs. The rest of us have to live and work in the real world. You wouldn’t believe some of the crazy things my boss believes, but he’s otherwise an okay guy and it doesn’t affect our work relationship. Orson Scott Cards beliefs about gay people don’t factor into Enders Game much either, except on a very superficial level (the homoeroticism, for example.)

  • ecovore

    I’m happy to have my beliefs challenged. That is how they formed in the first place. Yet, I don’t want to intentionally financially support those that hurt other people or wildlife. And I don’t know your boss, but if his ‘crazy’ things are bigoted or cruel, then how is he ever going to learn to be a better person if you don’t tell him. Oh yeah, you care more about your job and money than your beliefs.

  • Scott Mortensen

    Well, yes. I was a lefty idealist in my late teens and early 20’s, and could have easily argued myself out of a great job then. But the world has a way of mellowing that out when it gets in the way of interpersonal relationships. I would gladly tell him off if there wasn’t a power differential between us, but a boss is like a parent or other relative, you don’t get to discerningly choose them the way you do with your friends. And he isn’t going to change anyway, studies show pretty decisively that most people have a tendency to cling even harder to their political beliefs when faced with dissent. They have mantras and slogans and propaganda that they believe has already served as a valid counterargument.