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Will Public Accept New A-List Polanski Film?

The acclaimed director's first film following his recent house arrest

By DannyMiller Jul 20, 2011 7:19PM

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.

Jul 21, 2011 10:51AM
hey roman come on over and accept an award. we were just kidding. los angeles district attorneys office
Jul 21, 2011 11:48AM

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.

Jul 21, 2011 11:35AM
I think we need to remember that he was... and probably still is a pedophile.. He ran and now everything is ok, 30 yrs later? Really...? Funny how money covers a multitude of sins....I love the cast, but will not see the movie..I refuse to put more money in a perverts hands...
Jul 21, 2011 11:56AM
These scumbag actors that work with Polanski are even more despicable than the scumbag actors that work with Woody Allen
Jul 21, 2011 11:58AM
I won't be seeing it.  I was amazed at the lack of coverage on why he was released from Switzerland.  As I understand it he was let go because our justice department did not provide the Swiss with the proper documents.   How the state department, the justice department and our government as a whole failed so miserably in the pursuit of justice is beyond me.  As for the victim forgiving Mr. Polanski, I think that is great for her.  but just because she has forgiven him for plying her with drugs and raping her when she was 13 that doesn't mean that society should not seek to protect other girls from this predator.  
Jul 21, 2011 11:16AM
No doubt Polanski is an excellent director.  If you don't believe me watch The Pianist.  Interesting special features on this film as well!  However, he is not above the law and should take responsibility for his actions.  Whether or not he "knew" the girl was only 13, is for a jury to decide. Regardless of his talent as a director, he should step up to the plate and face the Court.  His new movie will find its audience, just as all of his movies have in the past.
Jul 21, 2011 12:41PM

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!

Jul 21, 2011 12:40PM
Oh YES, "youreallywannagothere" I can DEFINITELY by your name alone tell you are a bonifide child molester yourself, and are just angry that your co molester is being called to task...
Jul 21, 2011 12:40PM
"youreallywannagothere" did you really just say that a lot of people have done worse that raping a 13 year old? WOW!
Jul 21, 2011 11:35AM

He should do an Autobiography and call it Roman Molestki

Jul 21, 2011 12:42PM
I'd be willing to bet that most people have not done worse then drugging and raping a 13 yo old girl.
Jul 21, 2011 12:59PM
How about that 51 yo GRANDPA marrying the 16 yo CHILD?  Is this the way its supposed to be?  I think not!  There better not be no old gramps slithering around MY daughters, or me and my ex and my son will HANDLE him!!  Its just plain DISGUSTING
Jul 21, 2011 12:46PM
That MONSTER in New York who killed that drugged/killed that little boy then cut that poor child into pieces .........SHEESH!  Hes about the ONLY one on earth (short of Casey Anthony) who deserves our disgust over he and old fart woody
Jul 21, 2011 12:56PM

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.




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

Jul 21, 2011 12:28PM
Crikey, not another Kate Whines-a-lot movie.  Pleeze.......
Jul 20, 2011 10:00PM
Have we so quickly forgotten about The Ghost Writer? I suspect that film's middling grosses last year had more to do with a half-hearted release strategy than public disinterest in anything and everything Polanski. We may never know...

(P.S. "God of Carnage" is the only play I've been fortunate enough to see on Broadway. Simply terrific stuff, so I'm hopeful here.)
Jul 21, 2011 11:45AM
If anyone should be convicted of anything, it should be the LA DA's office, the judge, and the victim's mother.  The crimes committed by those three are inexcusable.  Polanski served time in jail for this crime.  The victim has forgiven him.  Considering his making films as community service . . . because the world is a much better place with them in it.
Jul 21, 2011 12:24PM

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.

Jul 21, 2011 12:34PM
He is an amazing director.  He made a terrible mistake, but the U.S. courts are notorious for their stupidity (just look at Lindsay Lohan, for instance....).  A lot of you idiots posting have probably done worse things in your life.  Just have not been caught.
Jul 21, 2011 11:00AM
The Polanski so old that no one cares, not even the victim cares. He is a great director, no doubt about that. 
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