Tom Clancy's terrorist tale The Sum of All Fears opening Friday vividly imagines a nuclear attack on Baltimore. While some moviegoers may shy away from this in light of current events, star Morgan Freeman thinks Americans can handle it. "It's a big country," he says. "We're courageous and we're not easily frightened and this is just a blankity-blank movie."
Freeman admits Paramount Pictures might not have greenlit Fears had the idea been pitched to the studio post-Sept. 11. However, he believes newspapers and TV are inaccurately making it appear that most Americans are still emotionally upset by last year's terrorist attacks he insists we're not.
"It's best that the media does keep it in the forefront of our minds," the 64-year-old actor concedes. "But if they didn't, we wouldn't be thinking about it. We don't go to bed thinking about it. We don't wake up thinking about it. [We don't think,] 'Gosh, I wonder how they're doing down at the site of the World Trade Center disaster? Maybe I should go down and see them, or maybe I could help in some way.'
"We don't do that at all," he suggests. "[We think,] 'God, I'm late for work.' Same old, same old. We're not appreciatively changed by the event, except in the anticipation of the next event."
Co-star Ben Affleck who plays Jack Ryan, the CIA rookie under Freeman's command thinks "it's conceivable that some people would find this [movie] disturbing. Everybody should find it disturbing. That should be the point of it. It shouldn't be done to make a big splash and have everyone 'ooh' and 'aah' at countless thousands of deaths.
"I think that maybe one of the transitions we've made [since Sept. 11] is that we no longer look at [violence] in such a flip way," adds Affleck. "This movie... asks you to look at it in a real way and to consider it."