I think we can agree that Hollywood can be a weird and crazy place to be. There have been many accounts of favoritism, bribery, blackmail, and other such activities. Then we have the hanging cloud of Victor Salva and Roman Polanski and their run-ins with the law. They both have made worthwhile films (Polanski more so than Salva), but what as we movie fans to do when these directors are known sex offenders?
I think we all know Victor Salva's story regarding the rape of his 12 year old star in the movie Clownhouse. It makes watching that movie rather uncomfortable actually. Well, Salva is a registered sex offender and has rightly done time. His career definitely suffered although he has done some more films (namely Jeepers Creepers 1 & 2). Polanski is a much more acclaimed director with movies like The Pianist, Chinatown, Rosemary's Baby, and Repulsion under his belt. He was accused of the sexual assault to a 13 year old girl and fled the country before sentencing and has never returned since.
So what are we as movie fans to do with these directors? I love some of Polanski's movies and I think Jeepers Creepers is a fun film, but it still bothers me due to the whole criminal background. When is it appropriate to separate art from reality? I don't believe they should be praised for what they done and yet I find myself watching their movies anyways. It is certainly an interesting situation to delve into. I still think Polanski should serve his time and that Salva's career should've ended right there at Clownhouse (Powder was a big WTF moment for me).
What do you schmoes think about this whole debacle?