“The Hunt” centers on “elites” (headed by actress Hilary Swank) who hunt and kill kidnapped “deplorables” (among them, Betty Gilpin, Emma Roberts and Ike Barinholtz) for sport. The movie, originally set for release last September, pulled its advertising for a week after the mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, then canceled its release after a backlash erupted.
President Trump, who didn’t specifically mention “The Hunt” by title, tweeted that “the movie coming out is made in order ... to inflame and cause chaos. They create their own violence, and then try to blame others. They are the true Racists, and are very bad for our Country!"
Producer Jason Blum tells Yahoo Entertainment, “I feel the same way about the President’s tweet that I do about everyone else. I hope someday the President actually sees the movie.” He goes on to say: “What was frustrating and disappointing is …. Everyone was jumping to conclusions about something that they had not seen.”
“The Hunt” open in theaters Friday, Mar. 13.