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Ed Asner and Martin Sheen call for Oscar voters to ignore 'Zero Dark Thirty'


Actors Ed Asner and Martin Sheen are urging Oscar voters to boycott "Zero Dark Thirty" over the film's torture scenes.

The film, which shot to number one at the box office over the weekend, and star Jessica Chastain are both up for Academy Awards next month, but many film fans have been turned off by director Kathryn Bigelow's decision to include graphic scenes of U.S. intelligence chiefs waterboarding and humiliating detained alleged terrorists for information.

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Asner and Sheen have joined a list of actors protesting the movie because of the torture scenes. "I would like to condemn the movie," Asner told the New York Times. Asner and Sheen are asking Oscar voters to "factor in matters of conscience when casting awards votes," the report says.

Bigelow and screenwriting partner Mark Boal have also come under fire from top politicians, who fear the torture scenes in the film were created using classified information about the techniques used to extract information from detainees.

In the movie, one terrorist character was stripped in front of Chastain's CIA Agent and forced to crawl around on all fours like a dog. In another scene, water is poured over a damp cloth placed over his nose and mouth during an interrogation in what has become known as waterboarding and depriving the victim of oxygen.

Chastain is a favorite to win the Best Actress award at the Oscars after picking up Critics' Choice and Golden Globe accolades.

Jan 15, 2013 3:00AM

In war, some people die, some are tortured.  Waterboarding is nothing like what the Nazis and japanese did during WWII, or the North Koreans or the North Vietnamese did to our soldiers.  Al-Queada just beheads their prisoners.  If by waterboarding some terrorist, we get information that will save American lives, then waterboard 1, terrorist 0.  Attention all Hollywood liberals,, if you don't like it, please by all means, move to the middle east and enjoy your freedom.  Oh, just a FYI, if you protest the government there, you just disappear.


I am so sick of all these Hollywood Liberal ****S


Jan 15, 2013 2:30AM
Why do these two self important a-holes think their opinions matter??? "F" them!!!!
Jan 14, 2013 4:08PM
Jan 15, 2013 2:47AM
Torture asner and sheen,make them watch oprah.
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