Sorbo: Being Christian Conservative in Hollywood Can Be a Career ‘Death Sentence’
'Hercules' star talks to LifeZette about industry bias — and the support for today's faith-friendly movies
“I see it getting worse,” actor and filmmaker Kevin Sorbo told LifeZette about bias against creative conservatives in Hollywood.
The 58-year-old star of such popular programs as “Hercules” and “Andromeda” said it can be difficult for right-leaning artists to survive in Hollywood, even a creative person with his high profile — something that should not surprise those who pay attention to politics in Tinseltown.
“They don’t really call me for anything,” Sorbo said of the big studios. “Thank God I’ve got a career in the independent world, because being a Christian conservative in Hollywood is kind of a death sentence.”
The star's next jump into the independent filmmaking world is "Let There Be Light," a movie about an outspoken atheist who turns to Christianity after a near-death experience. It's a personal project for Sorbo, who directed the feature and who stars along with his wife (a co-writer on the flick) and his children.
"Let There Be Light" will reach theaters November 2. Audiences are already accustomed to seeing Sorbo headline faith-friendly movies, as he's starred in plenty, including "God's Not Dead," "What If?" and others.
Although faith-focused movies are more plentiful today, Sorbo said most of the financing for them is independent; the Hollywood power structure is hesitant to fully embrace the genre.
"It's slowly becoming more accepted," he said, noting there were far more biblical-based movies made before the '60s — and now Hollywood is afraid to take chances. "They just keep going with what they know."
The actor believes that when Hollywood does decide to put sizable budgets into biblical or faith-based movies, it uses the wrong ingredients. "When they do them, they do them in a really stupid way. You look at 'Noah.' You look at 'Exodus' ... They hired atheist directors, they hired atheist actors, and the movies reflected it and they bombed horribly."
Compare the tiny box-office hauls of those movies to the stellar numbers of a cheaply made movie like "God's Not Dead" — and it's easy to see Sorbo's point.
"It's interesting," he added. "They still don't seem to get it." It could all tie back to the infectious politics of Hollywood, something Sorbo is no fan of as a Christian conservative or as a creative individual.
"I love the industry. I love acting. I love being on the set. I'm just tired of the politics that have gotten worse and worse," he said. "It's a battle we got to keep fighting. I'm not going to give up on it. I'm tired of the hypocrisy."
He added, "Their idea of free speech is you agreeing with them." It's not a belief structure the "Hercules" star buys into, as he believes in little of what the top liberals of Hollywood preach.
"Is anyone swimming from Key West to Cuba?" he asked rhetorically. "The reason America became great was because of individuals, not big government." (go to page 2 to continue reading)