Preview by: Jack Foley
FORMER Secretary star, Maggie Gyllenhaal, has provoked an angry
backlash from Americans for suggesting that the US was 'responsible
in some way' for the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
The popular star made the comment while promoting her new film,
The Great New Wonderful, which deals with people living in New
York in the aftermath of 9/11.
But she has since defended her opinion, stating that 'not to
have the courage to ask these questions of ourselves is to betray
the victims of 9/11'.
In a statement issued after the controversy,
Gyllenhaal said that September 11 provided 'an occasion to be
brave enough to ask some serious questions about America's role
in the world'.
"It is always useful, as individuals or nations, to ask
how we may have knowingly, or unknowingly, contributed to this
conflict," she explained.
But that was not to detract from the suffering that took place
on the day, which Gyllenhaal, herself, still grieves for.
Although the artistic community has started to explore the events
of September 11, the issue remains very sensitive for a great
Accoriding to the BBC, a fan site was inundated with angry messages
following the actress's remarks, prompting its editor to temporarily
close the forum.
Gyllenhaal, 27, lives in Manhattan.
A full preview of The Great New Wonderful, which is currently
being shown as part of the Tribeca Film Festival, will be available
to read at IndieLondon in a couple of weeks' time.