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Ford Talks Han Solo, 'Ender's Game' Flak

10 Jan, 2014 By: Chris Tribbey

Harrison Ford in 'Ender's Game'

SAN DIEGO — It didn’t take long for actor Harrison Ford (“Star Wars”) to be asked about Han Solo at Comic-Con International this past summer.

The very first question the veteran actor was asked during a panel about Ender’s Game was how similar his iconic character was to Colonel Graff, the never-smiling leader who’s charged with mankind’s survival against an alien race.

“They’re nothing alike,” Ford said. “Graff is a complex character charged with an awesome responsibility. He faces a lot of moral issues using young people for warfare. That complexity is part of his story, and he’s aware of his moral responsibilities.

“I was just delighted to be involved with a film with such high ambition. Graff is a much more complex character than Han Solo, which doesn’t mean I regret Han Solo.”

Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment release Ender’s Game on disc and digital Feb. 11, packing the discs with an eight-part making-of featurette, deleted and extended scenes with audio commentary from director Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), and a feature-length commentary with producers Gigi Pritzker and Bob Orci.

“It’s not a story about good and evil in a simplistic way,” Hood said. “At its heart, it’s a character-driven piece. Big visuals, but wonderful, character-driven stories.”

Producer Orci said the filmmakers were very conscientious about keeping the movie as close as possible to the novel it’s based on, sticking to the turmoil the main characters go through, while still offering an amazing look

“Yes, it’s a sci-fi epic,” said actor Asa Butterfield (Ender). “But there’s so much more to it.”

Actress Hailee Steinfeld (Petra) said it was helpful having a novel to go to for reference, calling it “an extra 250 pages of ideas and clues.”\

Ford also addressed some controversy surrounding the film, with homosexual groups calling for a boycott of the film due to the anti-gay views of Orson Scott Card, the author of the novel.

“None of his views on gay marriage are relevant to the [movie],” Ford said. “Not an issue for me to deal with.”

Instead, Ford looks at the novel (first published in 1985) as relevant to the wars of today.

“The novel was very prescient with how war is waged at a distance, and with the business of war, emotion disconnected from it. It’s something we’re wrestling with daily in our lives,” he said. “Drone warfare and the capacity that we have technologically is one part of the moral package. The other is the use of young people in the business of war.”

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