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Friday
Jul192013

"Ender's Game" Comic-Con Panel Talks Gay Rights, Han Solo

Paul A. Hebert/Getty Images(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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Sunday
May192013

Zachary Quinto On Coming Out: I Just Did It–No One Knew

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- When Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock in Star Trek Into Darkness, came out publicly that he is gay, he gave no warning to his friends, family or publicists.

“I didn’t tell anyone I was going to do it so no one had a chance to [give me advice],” said Quinto in an interview with movie critic Peter Travers on ABC’s Popcorn. “I just did it. No one in my life knew.”

The star’s high-profile ‘coming out’ two years ago, which preceded others like NBA player Jason Collins, seems to have help undermine the prejudice that publicly gay actors won’t be accepted by audiences in straight film roles.

Quinto said he has experienced no adverse effects in his career in the aftermath of his announcement, and thinks people are more accepting of homosexuals and marriage equality than they were a few years ago.

“I felt supported at the time in a really profound way, by fans and people that just know me by my work,” he said. “I think I’m in a really good place.”

 

 

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Thursday
Sep082011

Kristin Chenoweth: Christian and Gay Rights Supporter

David Livingston/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Kristin Chenoweth is a study in contradictions.

The diminutive songstress who played a high school dropout on Glee and originated the role of Glinda in Wicked is just as comfortable talking about her Christian faith as she is her support for gay rights.

In a recent interview with The Advocate, she explained how she can hold both dear to her heart.

“I read my Bible and I pray and all of that. I really do,” she told the gay-interest publication. “But at the same time, I don’t think being gay is a sin. Period.”

Chenoweth, 43, who grew up in Oklahoma’s Bible Belt, cited her grandmother as inspiration.

“My [gay] best friend -- I’ve talked about him many times -- his name’s Denny. I asked my Grandma Chenoweth, ‘How can it be that he’s going to hell? I just don’t think that correct.’ And she said, ‘Well, Kris, I read the Bible like I eat fish: I take the meat, and it serves me well, but I don’t choke on the bone.’"

Asked how she would respond to people who cite their Christian beliefs as the basis for discrimination against gays, she said with a laugh, “I would ask, ‘What would Jesus do?’ It sounds so cliché and Pollyannaish, but I have a feeling if he were on the earth today, he wouldn’t be walking around saying, “You’re going to hell” and “You’re wrong, you’re wrong, you’re wrong.” I think he’d be accepting and loving.”

Using her tiny stature as an example, she said, “What would I do if it was a sin to be short? That’s the way God made me, so what could I do? Let’s see, I could wear heels, I could tease my hair, and maybe on a good day I could be 5’1". But the bottom line is, I’m 4’11″ and that’s the way I was put together. And that’s what I believe about homosexuals."

“And I love, love that this has become a purpose in my life. It’s one that I didn’t ever expect,” she added.

Even when straddling the line has cost her.

When Chenoweth was named a spokeswoman in 2005 for a Women of Faith concert in Oklahoma City, promoters demanded her resignation upon learning about her pro-gay stance through an appearance on The 700 Club, which, ironically, upset many of her gay fans. When Chenoweth refused to step down, Women of Faith fired her. Chenoweth told The Advocate it was the saddest moment in her professional life.

And last year, after calling Newsweek writer Ramin Setoodeh’s column about whether gay actors can play straight “horrendously homophobic,” Chenoweth received an online backlash from some disappointed fans.

But she hasn’t let any of it slow her down. With her fourth album, Some Lessons Learned, due out Sept. 13 and a new show on the horizon, ABC’s Good Christian Belles, Chenoweth plans to keep walking her talk. She’s already discussed with Belles creator Robert Harling having her character reflect her own personal struggles.

“There are always people of faith that battle this and think that it’s wrong. I’ve struggled with that. You might see that on the show,” she said. “It makes me happy.”

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