'Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close': Ground Zero Ads For 9/11 Film Draw Complaints
"This is not a story about September 11th," proclaim ads for "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," open now nationwide. "It's about every day after." Which is fine, except if you're in the area surrounding Ground Zero, where every day after 9/11 has provided a reminder of the worst terrorist attack in the history of the United States. Now those residents are speaking out against subway ads for the new film, which show the World Trade Center on fire just yards away from the actual site of the tragedy.
“We lost 10 guys that day,” said an unnamed firefighter from Ladder 9 in the East Village to the New York Post. “I won’t go see it. I saw the ad last night. I just can’t. People who live and work around here would be offended by those ads. That happened right here.”
That sentiment was echoed by other 9/11 families, many whom were reportedly upset with the commercials. The ads, which were part of a massive MTA buy, are running on 40 digital panels around the city, including "Church Street at Murray, Vesey and Cortlandt streets and in front of the Millenium Hilton hotel," all locations near Ground Zero.
Out after weeks in limited release, "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" wasn't actually finished until early December. An early screening of the film in September reportedly featured an opening scene that included many horrific images from 9/11, including bodies falling from the sky. That has been slightly altered in the finished version.
Paul McGuire, a Warner Bros. spokesman, said the company is working on removing at least some of the ads.
“It was never our intention to cause any distress,” McGuire said. “As a result, we will make best efforts to pull the material from pertinent locations.”