Exclusive: ‘Roe v. Wade’ Director on How ‘Fake News’ Has Attacked His Film
LifeZette talked to Nick Loeb about the controversy around his pro-life project, which stars Jon Voight, Stacey Dash and Robert Davi
The upcoming “Roe v. Wade” movie has quickly become one of the entertainment industry’s most controversial films in recent weeks.
It stars Jon Voight, Stacey Dash and Robert Davi, but many people did not even know the movie was underway until a recent Hollywood Reporter story told of a shoot plagued by the exits of multiple people because of the script’s pro-life leanings.
Since then, The Hollywood Reporter published another story revealing parts of the script — and claimed the film was struggling to find its final financing.
Co-director Nick Loeb, best known thus far for engaging in a legal battle over frozen embryos with his ex, Sofia Vergara, talked to LifeZette by phone on Thursday from the film’s set in New Orleans to clear up some of the facts about his movie.
Loeb said that “everyone was extremely well aware” of the movie’s content and its political leanings from the beginning. The Hollywood Reporter sensationalized the leaving of three “low-level people” from the production, he said.
He also told LifeZette the press attention hasn’t scared him; rather, it’s emboldened his vision — this is a film that shows the more controversial side of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling from 1973 that legalized abortion in this country. He said the movie has earned “tons of new interest, new investors and new distribution offers” since the national press coverage.
As for the film’s supposed lack of financing? “If we don’t have any money, why are we still shooting?” he asked rhetorically.
Loeb said the film will be wrapped in just a few days. He said that yes, he has sought new financing — because he wanted a second editing team to get the film done sooner in order to take advantage of new leaps forward in the pro-life movement, such as the announced retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement and Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the high court by President Donald Trump.
A recent story about the film in The Daily Beast claimed a reporter who was visiting the set was “assaulted” by a crew member.
Loeb said that is untrue — and said he has at least 50 witnesses who can contradict the series of events mentioned in the article, he said.
Rather, said Loeb, a reporter from The Daily Beast “barged” onto the set and was following actors around and writing down their dialogue. An intern confronted the reporter and told him to stop taking notes. The reporter then responded, said Loeb, by becoming violent and cursing.
“You’re going to tell me a 20-year-old kid attacked an adult reporter?” Loeb asked.
To give larger context here, reporter Will Sommer also apparently spread some information about the film that has since been debunked — that conservative actors Kevin Sorbo and Stephen Baldwin left the movie over issues with the script.
Sorbo took to Twitter to debunk the fake news. Loeb told LifeZette that Sorbo and Baldwin, in actuality, were unable to commit to the movie due to scheduling conflicts.
Ah, fake news. Gotta love the Left. This is a great script showing how much the lawyers did to get Roe v Wade passed through our Supreme… https://t.co/oENEg3rJgy
— Kevin Sorbo (@ksorbs) July 6, 2018
Loeb said that by working on a movie that tackles abortion in a far more direct way than perhaps any other film, he “expected controversy” — but he wasn’t ready for how hard and how strong the media would turn on his project.
“I can’t believe the media outright lied,” said Loeb.
The vitriol aimed at “Roe v. Wade” by the Left is only likely to get worse, but Loeb and his crew seem up for the challenge.
Whether those on the Left like it or not, this is a film that is unwavering in its point of view.