NMX: Voight Says Hollywood Doesn't Welcome Conservatives

Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 12:39 PM

By Henry J. Reske and John Bachman

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Even though he concedes his conservative ideals may have cost him work, Academy Award winning actor Jon Voight proclaims it’s not “such a big deal” for him as it is for those not as fortunate, in an exclusive Newsmax.TV interview.

He said being a “conservative anywhere today is a statement,” noting that in Hollywood a lot of people are on the “liberal side of things” and they are not very tolerant.

Watch the exclusive interview here.

“I may have lost work, but there are producers in Hollywood that are on the conservative side,” he told Newsmax.TV. “If I lose work it is not such a big deal. I have had a long run, I am 73 years old. If someone loses work who has five kids in the middle of our country, that is a big deal, when they cannot put food on the table. This is why I am out here, this is why I have become active. I am concerned for our country, I am concerned for the people of our country, and they have been suffering. We have had economic policies that have put us under, that have attacked the work place.”

Voight, speaking with Newsmax.TV at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, is known for his roles in Midnight Cowboy and Deliverance. He won his Best Actor Academy Award for his portrayal of a wounded Vietnam veteran in the 1978 film Coming Home, playing opposite Jane Fonda, who took the Best Actress award.

Despite his success he plans on enrolling in Medicare, noting. “I think that the people in my community, by the way, they think their money is going to keep coming.” He said he is concerned about the program’s future in light of light of Obamacare.

Voight acknowledged the entertainment role of political conventions but said there is function as well.

“It is a reality show. Look, here I am, it is reality,” he said. “It is a celebration; it is a way of presenting yourself to the American public in a way that perhaps they have not seen before because a lot of people on the other side of the fence are not taking a look at the debates or that kind of thing. This is the first time that many people will take an inside look at Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, so it has its function and I am all for it and it should be fun.”

He added he was looking forward to a number of speeches including those from Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Newt Gingrich, and Chris Christie.

“I think it is going to be an amazing display of oratory, I think this will be a lot of fun,” he said. “Different personalities complete change, and one from the other; of course I am looking forward to hearing Paul speak and then Mitt. It is going to be a very exciting conclusion. I am interested in meeting all of the delegates and having the fun of that too.”

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