The producers of Toronto International Film Festival entry Fifty Dead Men Walking have taken the unusual step of distancing themselves from comments made by the film’s star, Rose McGowan.
McGowan caused a widely reported controversy last week when she said that she would have joined the Irish Republican Army had she lived in Belfast during the Troubles. She said she could understand why people turned to violence during that time in Northern Ireland.
In a statement sent to The Hollywood Reporter, producers said they oppose the comments made by McGowan during a Toronto news conference for the film.
The backers “regret any distress” that McGowan’s comments may have caused “to people of Northern Ireland and particularly those who were victims of or caught up in the shocking events that existed during the conflict.”
The statement goes on: “Ms. McGowan’s views were private ones, and as such they greatly saddened the film’s producers.”
Her views, said backers HandMade Films International, Future Films and Brightlight Pictures, “are not shared nor endorsed by anybody associated with the production or creative elements of the film.”
The movie, which also stars Jim Sturgess and Ben Kingsley, is about double agent Martin McGartland.
Guy Collins of HandMade said that he and the other producers “were surprised and disappointed by the comments made by McGowan.”
Added director Kari Skogland: “Rose’s personal opinions of Northern Ireland do not reflect the perspective of the film in any way. Our goal was to present an even, nonjudgmental point of view so the audience could follow the path of an informer with empathy no matter what the politics.”
Handmade Films International is selling the film.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
I know Rose is entitled to her opinion but she shouldn’t have said that, she has lost SO many fans, she lost enought by getting involved with Robert Rodriguez. I’m one of those fans she has lost. Most def. Fare well Ms. Rose pro-terrorism Mc Gowan. :down:
I love Rose, but what she did was stupid and irresponsible :grr: One must be careful when speaking about the Ulster conflict for there is still so much grief and animosity on both sides that anything could set them off into the cycle of violence all over again. I can’t believe she would even make a statement like that while promoting what is suppose to be an impartial film :frown:
as if it even matters, its one persons opinion, really there’s no harm in one person having an opposite opinion to everyone else…..
So Jayyy, a similar situation would be if i said that i support Al Quaeda and think that they were justified in 9/11 (by the way, this is most definatly NOT my opinion. I hate ALL forms of Terrorism including Al Quaeda and the IRA), but if i said that, since its only one persons opinion then its ok? I doubt many people would be as understanding as you, and quite rightfully so!
Aw, guys, stop doing this! Just because the woman has her own opinion, does it mean that we are the ones to judge her??? Why, haven’t you ALL said something stupid or even rude at some parts of your life? Nobody’s perfect. OK, she shouldn’t have said that, but she DID say it! So why all the stuff kind of “I’m not a fan anymore!”. Rose doesn’t even care if she has lost fans. It’s none of her business. Plus, if you’re a real fan, you shouldn’t stick to one thing she said once. You can’t judge a person from a line. Sorry but that’s the truth.
Georgina whatever her opinion is on the subject is besides the point. There is a time and a place to speak on certain issues and for her to make that statement while trying to promote a film that’s suppose to be giving a neutral account about the troubles was entirely inappropriate. I won’t stop being a fan of Rose but I do feel she was being obnoxious and I’m still mad.
Uhm, I’m sure Rose does care if she loses fans. She had so little to start with. And since Charmed ended she has lost a lot more.
And know thing about an actresses personal life, like for instance she is a pro-terrorism hussie, effects the way you look at them and watch their shows and movies. I does for me anyway, and I’m sure I can’t be the only one.
I completely agree Georgina!
Btw I think rose-mcgowan.com have handled the situation ridiculously well!
Georgina makes a lot of sense.
Rose said something stupid, probably she didn’t really think before saying this, and unfortunately it was said in front of cameras. Say something stupid like this in front of cameras, and it gets huge and you can not control it. and it’s growing out of proportions, too.
what’s happened to the forum??
and georgina… learn a little world history (you poor mis-guided / deluded fool)
proddynproud – Are you having trouble accessing the forum?
believeachieve – Thank you very much! It was not easy so it means a lot to hear.
hey Riika, i can’t access the forum either :blank:
You people are silly. I would have joined the rebels if i lived in virginia in 1776. and i would have joined the IRA if i was living in belfast in 1916. so would all of you. i love how people think they know better than someone of roses intelligence. if the producers of her latest film were irish in belfast then they would join too. history is full of instances of oppressed people banding together for protection and insurection. get over yourselves. rose is articulate and thouightful and bold to state things the way they are. all of you who feel any different are only fooling yourselves.
You know what on second thought, screw these haters!! I so sick of people using this as an opportunity to bash Rose especially these bigoted right wing fanatics who from what I remember aren’t even popular with the rest of Britain. Although I still think what she did was inappropriate she should also have a right to her convictions and anyone who can’t tolerate that can go scratch! Chuck is right the IRA may not have been saints, but neither were the Continental Army of America, the African National Congress or the French resistance in WWII for that matter :biggrin:
I agree with Rose. Unless you people are Irish, you should really shut the fuck up. You have no clue about the hell the British unleashed on the Irish. Fucking fools.