'Schindler's List' Producer Pens Letter Railing Against Hollywood 'Depravity'
Gerald Molen, the Oscar-winning producer of Schindler's List, Jurassic Park and other films directed by Steven Spielberg, has delivered a letter to 866 Christian and conservative leaders that accuses Hollywood of "depravity" and causing "much damage to America."
"As a member of the Hollywood community, I have been part of an industry that has unwittingly and yes, even wittingly, caused much damage to America and to the world, and I am well aware of the blight that has too often been the result of such actions," Molen wrote in a letter that sources forwarded to The Hollywood Reporter.
"Throughout my years in Hollywood, I tried to live my life differently and be a part of projects that I would be proud to have my grandchildren watch," Molen wrote. "It hasn't been easy, but I've at least tried to stand against the tide of depravity that has too often flourished there."
Among the 866 people who were mailed a copy of the letter are politicians such as former President George W. Bush and Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal; TV and radio hosts Hugh Hewitt and Mike Huckabee; religious leader Franklin Graham; and some actors, such as Patricia Heaton, who stars in the Christian comedy film Mom's Night Out.
Aside from scolding some filmmakers in Hollywood, the intent of Molen's letter is to praise a recent trend of faith-based, family-friendly movies (which he does not name but presumably includes Heaven Is For Real, God's Not Dead, Son of God and others), and to promote his upcoming movie, America, which is Dinesh D'Souza's follow-up to 2016: Obama's America.
"There is a certain irony in the release date of America. It just happens to fall on the 10th anniversary of the release of the most successful political documentary in history. I do not feel it proper for me to name the film or the filmmaker for a film based on half truths and deliberate obfuscations of facts," Molen writes.
Molen challenges the Christian and conservative leaders to help make America, which Lionsgate opens July 2, more popular than another Lionsgate movie, Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, though he never mentions Moore's name or the title of that film.
It's not the first time Molen has targeted Moore. A year ago, he wrote a letter to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences asking that it remove Moore from its documentary branch of its board of governors because he was overly partisan. Three months later, after Moore was voted out of that position, Molen wrote another letter to the Academy congratulating them on "restoring a fair and impartial voting process to the documentary category."
Moore did not respond to a request for comment.
In America, D'Souza rebuts what he considers revisionist history emanating from the political left that seeks to exaggerate the country's faults.
"I am asking for your help to let our fellow Americans know about this wonderful film. You will know best how to spread the word, but I am humbly asking for your help to do so," Molen writes. "We all know about the election that is to be held in November. But there is a second election, this one starting on July 2nd, which also impacts the political and social culture of our nation. Thank you again for all you do for our country. On the second of July together we will begin to push back against the darkness."