Skip to comments.Emmerich 'feared fatwa for 2012 scene'
Posted on 11/03/2009 2:14:29 PM PST by Rastus
Roland Emmerich has admitted that he feared a fatwa would be placed on him if he filmed a scrapped scene for 2012.
The filmmaker is well known for decimating famed landmarks on movies including The Day After Tomorrow and Independence Day. He stated that while he decided to destroy the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro because he is "against organised religion", he was fearful of the Islamic religious decree for a sequence that was planned but not shot.
The 53-year-old wanted to demolish the Kaaba, which is a cube-shaped building at the heart of Mecca and is the centre of prayers and the Islamic Hajj pilgrimage.
He told Sci-Fi Wire: "Well, I wanted to do that, I have to admit. But my co-writer Harald said I will not have a fatwa on my head because of a movie. And he was right. We have to all in the Western world think about this.
"You can actually let Christian symbols fall apart, but if you would do this with [an] Arab symbol, you would have a fatwa, and that sounds a little bit like what the state of this world is.
"So it's just something which I kind of didn't [think] was [an] important element, anyway, in the film, so I kind of left it out."
2012 is scheduled to open in cinemas on November 13.
This is the same ass who said, while promoting his Day After Tomorrow, that if he had a billboard he would say something like, "Imagine a world without George Bush."
He doesn't want Christians at his film, so let's do him a favor.
Instead he's just another mealy mouthed linquini spined yellow bellied coward.
Roland...you’re a bitch.
They’d have to pay me to watch it.
I guess destruction of Christian symbols (not very important really) is just the burden of the Christians since we do not practice the killing of our opposition. Turning a cheek has its cost. Nevertheless we should just be obedient and let God repay if or when He wants.
true artists never fear for their lives. you’re a coward... and a pacifist.
I understand the point that we shouldn’t worship the symbols of Christ the Redeemer or the Sistine Chapel, but besides being exquisitely beautiful works of art, their destruction is not aimed at the art itself but at our beliefs. Emmerich can believe what he wants, but it’s amazing to basically piss on a good majority of his target American audience and then hope we’ll turn out anyway.
Hey at least the cowardly atheist is honest
Emmerich is a hack who makes noisy junk.
He saw what happened to Van Gogh. He’s a chickensh** coward and a bigot at that.
Shh. You aren’t supposed to remember that one time arabs were Christian as were Spaniards. Such as it is with Islamic imperialism.
I liked Stargate, but prefer the show. Independence Day was a “saw it, enjoyed it, don’t need to see it again” affair. I actually liked the Patriot quite a bit. The rest of his work wasn’t worth even watching for free on cable.
That looks like an interesting site.
I hope your chains rest on you lightly, Roland...
He’s a coward because he doesn’t want to get him and others killed over a movie scene? I suppose if you folks had been in his place, you would have shot the scene. Yeah. Right.
Stargate started well but quickly ran out of ideas. Independence Day was pure excrement.
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