“Ender’s Game” Comic-Con Panel Talks Gay Rights, Han Solo
(SAN DIEGO) — During the Q&A panel for the upcoming sci-fi film Ender’s Game at Comic-Con in San Diego Thursday, producer Roberto Orci responded to backlash the project got early on from gay rights groups, as it’s based on the book series from outspoken gay rights opponent Orson Scott Card.
Roberto Orci, one of the film’s producers explained to a capacity crowd, “Rather than shying away from the controversy, we’re happy to actually embrace it, and use this spotlight no matter how we got here to say we support LGBT rights and human rights.”
However, with Harrison Ford on the panel, the fandom was at a fever pitch, thanks to his starring roles in two iconic film series, the Star Wars saga, and the Indiana Jones films — and is rumored to be involved in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII.
As is the case when hundreds of geeks gather, occasionally somebody asks a question like, “If Han Solo and Indiana Jones were to meet, lightsabers aside, what would be their first words to each other?”
For the record, Ford was game, but typically dry, answering the hypothetical with, “Hi, how are you?”
Another fan asked if Han Solo would make a good soldier in the army raised by Ford’s Ender’s Game character, Colonel Graff. “I don’t think Han Solo would be a good soldier in anybody’s army,” the actor said to laughs and applause. “I think he would be what we call now an independent contractor.”
Ender’s Game, in which Ford plays a military man who enlists young pilots to take on an alien menace, also stars Asa Butterfield, and Oscar winners Ben Kingsley, and Viola Davis. The film opens November 1.
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