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'Ender's Game' director and star discuss the proposed boycott of the film

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(Read caption) 'Ender's Game' director Gavin Hood (l.), stars Hailee Steinfeld (second from l.) and Asa Butterfield (second from r.), and producer Bob Orci (r.) attend a preview event for the movie at Comic-Con.

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During a Comic-Con panel, the director of the “Ender’s Game” film and its star discussed a proposed boycott of the film by those who object to author Orson Scott Card’s writings opposing gay marriage.

As noted by the Associated Press, no protesters appeared during the “Ender's Game” panel at the convention in San Diego.

When asked about the controversy, director Gavin Hood said because he has been a part of the Courage Campaign, a group which supports gay marriage, “I'm a little distressed by his point of view on gay marriage,” according to the AP.

“However, the book is not about that issue,” the director continued. “So I hope people can still appreciate the book because I think he wrote a great book, and the themes and ideas in the book, I think, are universal and timeless and applicable, and I hope the book will still be appreciated as a great work of art, even though I don't agree with the author. I optioned the book, not an author, and I love what the author said in that book.”

Hood said he was taken aback by Card’s views because “Ender's Game” presents such a clear message of understanding and reaching out to others. 

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