Susan Sarandon’s VIPER CLUB is Being Attacked by The Mother of The Slain Journalist That The Film is About
We recently saw the trailer for Susan Sarandon’s Viper Club and it was pretty intense. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and there was one person who found it to be a “very upsetting experience.” This person is Diane Foley who is the mother of James Foley. Foley was upset because the film seemed to copy her life without her knowledge, consent, or participation. There are a lot of similarities, but there are some spoilers for the film so be warned. Before we get into it, here’s the synopsis for the film:
“An emergency room nurse struggles to free her grown son, a journalist, from capture by a terrorist group. After running into roadblocks with agencies, she discovers a clandestine community of journalists and advocates who might be able to help her.”
Foley acknowledges there are embellishments and differences between the character Helen and herself. For one, Helen smokes and swears while Foley does not. Foley is also religious and married while Helen is neither. In fact, the type of nurse they are is different, too.
The director of Viper Club, Maryam Keshavarz, issued this statement while mentioning other journalists who met a similar fate, Daniel Pearl and Steven Sotloff.
Foley went on to press Google and YouTube as well seeing as how Viper Club will be on YouTube Premium after it leaves theaters. That eventually led to YouTube eventually offering $30,000 to the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation which Foley runs. She rejected the offer, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t want their help or their money though:
I personally think that Keshavarz should have reached out to these families. Considering the similarities, it is hard for me to believe Keshavarz didn’t have Foley in mind when making the film. Do you think a line was crossed?