Canadian actress and director, Sarah Polley, has asked to have her name removed from a short film she made for the Heart and Stroke Foundation when she found out it had a corporate sponsor.
Sarah Polley's short film 'The Heart", promoting heart health is set to debut at this month's Academy Awards, but her name won't be on it. When Polley found out that Becel commissioned the Heart and Stroke Film, she decided she did not want to be associated with it and asked to have her name pulled from the film.
According to Yahoo News, Polley said, "I was thrilled, as I was proud to be associated with the work of this incredible organization. However, I have since learned that my film is also being used to promote a product. Regretfully, I am forced to remove my name from the film and disassociate myself from it."
Polley's first acting gig was in Disney's "One Magic Christmas," when she was six playing a four year old. She rose to fame in Canada with a longstanding role in the television series, Road to Avonlea. She has since appeared in many movies, including "The Sweet Hereafter," and "Dawn of the Dead," and written and directed several others. She has also won many awards.
Polley was nominated for an Oscar several years ago for her screenwriting and directorial debut film, "Away from Her."
She is well know as a political activist. When she was twelve, she wore a button to protest the first Gulf War at an awards ceremony. When Disney execs asked her to remove it, she refused and Disney blacklisted her.
In 1995, she lost two back teeth in a skirmish with riot police at a protest against former Ontario Premier, Mike Harris, who was widely reviled for instituting severe cuts to social programs in Ontario. She also joined the NDP party and recently has become a member of Canadian Coalition Against Poverty.
Regarding the current Becel protest, Polley says she has never promoted any corporation and isn't about to do so now.