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
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In the meantime, Sorbo wants to do what people know him best for: bring stories to life. Besides “Let There Be Light,” he’s already working on setting up his next directorial project, which he says is in the vein of “The Blind Side.” He’s also fresh off a stint on one of the most popular shows on television, “Supergirl” — an offer for which the actor admits was a curveball to receive, considering his and most other conservatives’ standing in the industry.
“I was shocked when they called me to do a three-show arc on ‘Supergirl,'” he said. The series has also employed outspoken conservative and former Superman actor Dean Cain as a series regular.
During his time on the popular show, Sorbo got to work with "Clerks" director Kevin Smith, who brings an energy to the set that Sorbo appreciated as both an actor and director. "Kevin Smith was a hoot because the energy he brings on the set is just awesome. I mean, you finish a scene and he walks up and he gives you, like, a banana sticker on your uniform," the actor said, laughing. "He has people clap for the stand-ins while they're lighting."
Sorbo continued, "It's very good and high energy — and people are motivated because crews can get very jaded. If you can do a scene and make crews laugh or cry, you know you've got something good."
The "Kull the Conqueror" star said energy is something he tried to put into his own directing. "It was nice to work with a guy who brought so much energy to the set. I try to do that, too. I'm very collaborative and I'm not a dictator on set."
Making his feature directorial debut on "Let There Be Light," Sorbo used tricks of the trade he picked up from the various directors he's worked with over the years, as well as from his time behind the camera on "Hercules." "I'm sure there's osmosis from every director I've ever worked with, good or bad," he said. "I learned a lot just by watching other directors."
Sorbo also has his next book, "True Faith," landing at Christmas time. It's is a follow-up to his best-selling memoir, "True Strength," which detailed his experience recovering from an aneurysm and strokes, and how his faith in God and help from his family helped him in his journey.
The actor-director also keeps busy these days by doing something not many celebrities make the time for: meeting and hanging out with fans at conventions.
"The people who take the time to come to these 'cons' are really the hardcore fans," he said, noting these conventions have gotten far more respect in the past few years. The upcoming San Diego Comic-Con is now nearly as highly regarded as film festivals like Sundance.
"I enjoy it. I enjoy the travel," said Sorbo, adding that at the end of the day, the face time with fans can benefit the work. "It makes a big difference."
Learn more about "Let There Be Light" here.