US actor Harrison Ford has revealed he ‘wrestled’ with starring in the film version of anti-gay author Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game.
The ‘Indiana Jones’ actor was responding to the controversy surrounding the release of his latest film.
Campaign ‘Skip Ender’s Game’ was launched by US activist group Geeks Out, urging movie-goers to boycott the film and avoid giving money to its author.
Card is a board member of the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage and has called for gay sex to be criminalized.
But Ford stressed the film is about ‘tolerance and compassion’.
‘It's well known Orson Scott Card and I have different views on the issue of gay marriage and gay rights,’ he said, according to The Guardian.
‘It has been a real dilemma for me: I love the book “Ender's Game,” it's all about tolerance and compassion, and understanding the other.’
‘Should I not have made the film because of his views?’ Harrison asked.
‘I wrestled with that, and you know what? I thought: if I don't put these ideas out on screen we wouldn't be having this conversation.
‘We are having this conversation precisely because the themes of the book are at odds with his current ideas.
‘I'm very proud of the film, and I felt strongly that I didn't want to lose my love of this book because its creator seems to be in a different zone to me on this issue.’
Lionsgate, the studio releasing the film, has released a statement distancing itself from Card’s anti-gay views and encouraging people to see the film.
They will also have film screening specifically to raise money for LGBT groups.
Ender's Game is due for general release in the UK on 25 October, Australian cinemas on 31 October and US cinemas a day later.