Will Public Accept New A-List Polanski Film?
The acclaimed director's first film following his recent house arrest
Director Roman Polanski has completed his first new film since he was detained by Swiss authorities because of a decades-old sex abuse charge involving Polanski and a 13-year-old girl. At the time Polanski accepted a plea bargain but he fled the United States in 1978 just before his sentencing and he’s managed to resist extradition to the United States ever since. Although Polanski has been living and working in Europe for the past three decades, the recent incident re-ignited the controversy and sent much of Hollywood into two separate camps regarding how Polanski should be dealt with this many years after the fact.
Will Polanski’s scandal affect the reception of this film? “Carnage,” based on the Tony Award-winning play “God of Carnage” by Yasmina Reza, features a dream cast of Oscar favorites including John C. Reilly, Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz, and Kate Winslet. It tells the story of two sets of parents who meet up after their young sons are involved in a schoolyard fight.
The sheer star power of the cast may outweigh any reservations among those who are unsympathetic to Polanski’s defenders. I am particularly excited about seeing Winslet in this meaty role, her first film outing since her double tour-de-force three years ago in “Revolutionary Road” and “The Reader.” She’s currently a favorite to win a Best Actress Emmy for her hard-edged portrayal of “Mildred Pierce” in the HBO mini-series and I can’t wait to see her back on the big screen. But then again, I’m such a fan of Winslet’s that I’d be first in line if she were doing a one-woman show based on the debt ceiling hearings.
“Carnage” will screen later this summer at the Venice Film Festival and will open in the United States on November 18. It remains to be seen how much the press will focus on Polanski’s legal problems in its coverage of this highly anticipated film.
It is so shocking to me that A-list actors will work for a child rapist just because it's in the past. So what if the guy knows how to direct. I hear the green river killer painted trucks for a living. He may do a great job, but I'm taking my truck to Maaco if I want it done. Screw these low lifes and the people that continue to support them. I'd love to see him end up in prison to get a daily dose of his own medicine for the next 50 years.
Theres no way in hell i'd pay my money to see ANYTHING that filthy pedophile makes, just like that other FREAK Woody Allen! Where on earth is our sense of right/wrong as it relates to CHILDREN anymore.
They are both as old as GOD but you cant just stop being a pedophile, until you die!
He should do an Autobiography and call it Roman Molestki
pedophilia n. an obsession with children as sex objects. Overt acts, including taking sexual explicit photographs, molesting children, and exposing one's genitalia to children are all crimes.
WHEN HAS RAPING CHILDREN BECOME HOLLYWOOD FASHIONABLE?
To Genna79 - How stupid are you? Polanski "bad choices" include RAPING a 13-year-old girl, rape by use of drugs, sodomy and furnishing a controlled substance to a minor - which he PLEADED GUILTY TO. OtheR "bad choices" include a 16 & 17 year old lovers. If he is such a wonderful person why not let him visit one of your young family members and see what happens. As far as I am concerned the Russian way is the only answer for these animals
Obviously Mr. Polanski made bad choices in his past and clearly I do not condone his choices and I am sure he realizes he should have choosen more wisely. No one really knows what this person is thinking nor are you part of their life and we are basing a lot of our desicions based on what we read.
Having said that, he is a brilliant director and this cast is amazing. The Pianist was a breathtaking pictorial of history and struggle and quite frankly so well done that it brought chills down my spine. I have no idea what this will bring but only looking at it as a business, and this is their business, I believe we all can say that Mr. Polanski has a talent to bring out the most amazing work. I can't wait to see this.