Conservative artists have said for years they’ve faced backlash and sometimes straight blacklisting within Hollywood due to their beliefs.
James Woods is one of Hollywood’s most outspoken conservatives. While he is a two-time Academy Award nominee and has worked for acclaimed directors such as David Cronenberg and Martin Scorsese, the actor has not had significant work since 2013, when he starred in “White House Down” and “Ray Donovan,” the long-running Showtime drama.
Right around the time he started speaking his mind more openly is when his career took a turn toward smaller budgeted films and voice work. Woods has said time and time again he doesn’t need the work anymore, but it’s still atrocious to see such a talent wasted by Hollywood.
Who cares what his politics are? Why should he be treated differently than loudmouth liberals like Rob Reiner?
Woods took to Twitter this week to share more insight into why his career has slowed. His remarks were inspired by a recent interview conducted with “George of the Jungle” and “The Mummy” actor Brendan Fraser, another artist whose career has seemed to slow in recent years.
Fraser told GQ he felt professional opportunities started to dry up for him after he was allegedly groped by former Hollywood Foreign Press Association (it is behind the Golden Globes) president Philip Berk in 2003.
Woods asked his Twitter followers to read the interview with Fraser. He also accused Berk of being partly behind the slowing down of his career as well as Fraser’s. The latter is an actor who has also gone from blockbuster films to mostly independent work — though he does seem to be having a comeback of sorts now with high-profile projects like FX’s “Trust” coming later this year.
“I recommend this interview highly. I, too, was blacklisted by that individual at #HFPA after nine Golden Globe nominations,” wrote James on Thursday on Twitter, linking to the Fraser article with the Berk-groping accusation.
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He continued, “During a press junket with HFPA, he asked if I would support Hillary Clinton if she ever ran for president. Never nominated again.”
Woods said Berk never tried anything physical with him.
“For the record, however, he was never physically ‘sketchy’ with me in any way similar to that alleged by Brendan Fraser in GQ. He was probably aware I might have knocked his teeth out, had he tried,” the actor wrote.
Woods added he was happy to see Fraser getting work again: “Final note: I’m so glad Brendan Fraser is back entertaining us. I’m a big fan.”
Woods has written about the mistreatment of conservative artists in Hollywood before.
“While #Liberals scream about the ’50s blacklist, my #Repub actor friends are terrified of losing their ability to provide for their families,” Woods wrote on Twitter last year. “The only reason I express my views is that I have accepted the fact that I’m blacklisted. Also I bought Apple stock in the ’80s.”
Artists should support each other and celebrate diversity of thought, yet that is the opposite of what is happening today. Too many in Hollywood seem to believe that if you hold certain right-leaning opinions — you cease to be an artist.
It is appalling and it needs to end.