The Washington Times reports that the director of the new movie “Olympus Has Fallen”, Antoine Fuqua, is something of a rarity in Hollywood – a US patriot;
“That flag is supposed to represent freedom,” said director Antoine Fuqua last week in an interview with The Washington Times. “So why not wave it?”
“I hear people sometimes say some negative things. ‘Eh, America’ —” Mr. Fuqua said, making a dismissive sound. “I just call bull on it. I’m patriotic. This country gave opportunity to everybody. It’s supposed to be the melting pot of the world. The flag is a representation of that.
“There’s nothing wrong with being patriotic. People sometimes get so cynical — they’re like, ‘Ah I don’t want to be patriotic because it’s not cool.’ I think it’s bull. My kids have grown up here. We have freedom here.”
The bad guys in the movie are North Koreans, which is kind of Hollywood’s go-to bad guys, but Fuqua says they could just as easily been Iranians. I kind of wish they were, because the North Koreans aren’t all that realistic. I don’t think they could find the White House with a GPS. Regardless, if we’re willing to boycott certain Hollywoodians for their views, I think it’s just as important to flock to the theaters for their opposite numbers. But, then I’d planned on seeing it anyway – the trailers looked pretty good.