It wasn’t surprising when “Superbad” actor Seth Rogen recently told Republican Senator Ted Cruz that “Everyone who made [Disney’s “Fantasia”] would hate you.” It’s long been an open secret that Hollywood is dominated by liberals who despise conservatives.
James Woods is one of Hollywood’s few unabashed conservatives. Here are a few of the ways he stands apart from Hollywood’s liberal elite.
He is willing to be friends with people from the other side of the political divide
Woods made eight guest appearances on the animated show “Family Guy” from 2005 to 2016 playing a fictionalized version of himself, and through that, he became friends with series creator Seth MacFarlane, who is an outspoken liberal. Woods has repeatedly defended MacFarlane when people question how the conservative actor could be friends with someone with such liberal views.
Woods wrote on Twitter that they bonded while each grieving the loss of a parent: “I know Seth is a very liberal person, but we get along great. We both lost our Moms around the same time and were very supportive of each other during that awful period of shock and sadness. @SethMacFarlane is a genuinely fantastic guy and I consider him a dear friend.”
Another time, Woods said about MacFarlane, “He’s funny and he was always extra nice to my late brother and nephew. I judge people by how they treat others.”
Woods turned down a gig in defense of conservative values
Although willing to make fun of himself on “Family Guy,” Woods turned down another opportunity to appear on the show because he said the script was too bitter and political.
He explained the decision, writing on Twitter: “Sadly the last script I was offered was so bitter and political, I graciously chose not to do it. I like spoofing myself and am always a good sport about it, but it does have to be funny. I don’t think that’s asking too much.”
In another tweet, he wrote that the reason he turned the opportunity down was because the script was, “so mean-spirited, so totally political, and (worst crime of all) simply not funny. The rabid hatred of conservative values has ruined comedy.”
Woods openly supported President Trump
Few celebrities were willing to be seen supporting President Trump. A few were willing to interact for a specific purpose, such as when Kim Kardashian worked with the president on criminal justice reform, and the rapper Ice Cube secretly worked with the administration on a plan to help black Americans. But for the most part, celebrities stayed far away.
Woods, however, frequently voiced his support for the president on Twitter, and the president noticed. Trump even sent a tweet welcoming Woods back to Twitter after Woods had boycotted the service for nine months.
Woods later encouraged his followers to vote for Trump before the November election.
Woods’ agent dumped him due to his political views
In 2018, Woods’ shared a screenshot of an email he received from his agent, implying that his agent no longer wanted to represent him as a client due to his political views.
His agent wrote, “It’s the 4th of July and I’m feeling patriotic. I don’t want to represent you anymore. I mean I could go on a rant but you know what I’d say.”
In a separate follow-up tweet, Woods wrote in response, “Dear Ken, I don’t actually [know what you’d say]. I was thinking if you’re feeling patriotic, you would appreciate free speech and one’s right to think as an individual. Be that as it may, I want to thank you for all your hard work and devotion on my behalf. Be well.”
Woods believes he was blacklisted for being a conservative
Despite being twice nominated for an Oscar, Woods said that he found it difficult to find work due to his political views, and that the reason he retired from acting was because he was blacklisted for being conservative.
According to his IMDB page, Woods has 145 acting credits. He was nominated twice for an Academy Award; he was nominated for Best Actor for his role in “Salvador” and later Best Supporting Actor for “Ghosts of Mississippi.”