Jon Voight spent much of his career amassing killer performances, Oscar nominations and the respect of movie goers nationwide.
These days, he’s branched out into cultural commentary, without the kind of woke handcuffs embraced by the likes of Seth Rogen or Tina Fey.
Yes, Voight is that rare creature, an outspoken Hollywood conservative who continues to land major roles like Mickey Donovan, the ethically challenged father in Showtime’s “Ray Donovan.”
Voight’s most recent work is in “Roe v. Wade,” the pro-life feature recalling the 1973 Supreme Court fight over abortion. The superstar spoke about his early days, being an out and proud conservative and much more during an hour-plus chat on “The Truth with Lisa Boothe” podcast.
At 82, Voight could be slowing down or resting on his considerable laurels. He keeps chugging away, but he says his ideology does him few favors in Tinsel Town.
“It’s costing me work, of course,” he said of the industry’s left-leaning status, adding others like him typically stay silent rather than face the Blacklist-like music. “Because…people who would have common sense are afraid to be exposed for having common sense.”
Voight plays a KGB agent in the upcoming “Reagan” biopic, due next year, and it’s clear how much Communism influences his current thinking. He touched on how Hollywood and Communism haven’t been strange bedfellows over the years, and why we’re seeing a resurgence in collectivist thinking.
“You see, initially the KGB targeted the United States and, and Khrushchev said, you know, we won’t, we’ll overcome you, but we won’t do it with guns. You know, we’ll just, you’ll vote us into office,” Voight said. “That’s pretty much what’s happened. I mean, they know what they’re doing. They targeted the film industry because of its influence.”
Communists, he said, exploited America’s free speech to infiltrate and help shape enough hearts and minds to impact the culture at large.
“They used it as a tool for themselves,” he added.
He calls Communist thinking an “evil” trying to “overtake the country.”
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