It really is funny (in that funny/slash/sad way) that there are so few Republicans in Hollywood willing to come out about their “orientation” that they merit their own category on About.com. Can you imagine a category called, “Prominent liberals in Hollywood?” Debbie heard a segment about how the industry is so overwhelmingly liberal that conservatives have to meet in secret. So while we would never stoop to the level of “outing” someone, we did decide to take a closer look. Unless you’re Heather Locklear or Bo Derek, it turns out it can be career suicide to admit you are a um, err, well, you know, one of them … a Republican! I have to admit, as a regular old moveigoer, I was offended by the film, “W.” It wasn’t only that it isn’t a real mooooovie – it was a mirage of media and political opinion-it was that someone would make a film like that about a sitting President. I can see why Mel Gibson and his movie, ” The Crucifixion,” may have driven all reasonable conservatives in Hollywood underground – or at least over the hills and into the Valley. But, when you consider the fact that Mitt Romney was only able to generate 1 million dollars at a Tinseltown fundraiser in early December, I think you need to ask yourself if people in the “industry” are afraid to support the Republican candidate in public. Of course, it will be up to them what they do in the voting booth. Here is a sampling of what you find if you google Republicans in Hollywood:
- Trace Adkins: Country Music Singer & TV Personality
- Danny Aiello: Film Actor
- Stephen Baldwin: Actor, Radio Personality
- Pat Boone: Singer, Songwriter
- Wilfred Brimley: Commercial Actor & Star of Cocoon
- Jerry Bruckheimer: TV & Film Producer
- James Caan: Legendary Film Actor
- Drew Carey: Game Show Host & Former TV Star
- Adam Carolla: Former Host of The Man’s Show
- Tom Clancy: Espionage and Military Science Author
- Jon Cryer: Notable Film & TV Actor
- Robert Davi: TV & Film Actor
- Bo Derek: Model, Film & Television Actress
- Dale Earnhardt Jr.: American Race Car Driver
- Clint Eastwood: Academy Award Winning Film Actor & Director
- John Elway: Hall of Fame Quarterback & Super Bowl MVP with the Denver Broncos
- Sara Evans: Country Music Singer
- Lou Ferrigno: TV Actor (Star of The Incredible Hulk & King of Queens Guest Star)
- Mel Gibson: Film Actor & Academy Award-Winning Director
- Kelsey Grammer: TV & Film Actor, Star of TV’s Long-Running Series, Frasier
- Angie Harmon: TV & Film Actor, Star of TV’s Law & Order
- Elizabeth Hasslebeck: Former “Survivor” Contestant & Co-Host of The View
- Dennis Hopper: Actor, Director & Two-Time Academy Award Nominee
- Patricia Heaton: TV Actor, Female Lead in TV’s Everybody Loves Raymond
- Naomi Judd: Country Music Singer, Actress & Author
- Lorenzo Lamas: TV Actor
- Heather Locklear: TV & Film Actress
- Susan Lucci: Emmy Award-Winning Actress & Soap Star
- Dennis Miller: Actor, Stand-Up Comedian & Political Commentator
- Chuck Norris: Legendary TV Actor
- Ted Nugent: Legendary Musician, Speaker
- Richard Petty: Seven-time NASCAR Champion
- Johnny Ramone (John Cummings), Legenday Musician, Founder of The Ramones
- John Ratzenberger: TV Actor, Voice-Over Personality
- Robert James “Kid Rock” Ritchie: Singer, Song Writer & Rapper
- Adam Sandler: Legendary Stand-Up Comedian, “Saturday Night Live” Alum & Hollywood Film Star
- Pat Sajak: Wheel of Fortune Game Show Host & Political Columnist
- Curt Schilling: World Series Champion & Former Phillies, Diamondbacks & Red Sox Pitcher
- Tom Selleck: TV & Film Actor
- Ron Silver: TV & Film Actor
- Jessica Simpson: Singer, Actress & TV Personality
- Gary Sinise: Academy Award Nominated Film Actor & TV Star
- Sylvester Stallone: Producer, Director, Writer & Legendary Film Actor, Star of Rocky & Rambo Films
- Ben Stein: Film Actor, Game Show Host & Political Commentator
- John Stossel: Investigative Reporter, Speaker
- Janine Turner: Film & TV Actor
- Jon Voight: Academy Award-winning Film Actor and Political Activist
- Bruce Willis: Legendary Film Actor & Two-Time Emmy Award Winner
- Lee Ann Womack: Country Music Singer
- James Woods: Noteable Film Actor
- David Zucker: Director of Airplane & Naked Gun Films
Screenwriter and author Andrew Klavan said that in Hollywood, “(i)f you’re a conservative, especially a religious person, people have to meet in secret. They talk in whispers. It’s a very disturbing kind of culture.”
Klavan, in an exclusive interview with CNSNews.com, explained that he and fellow conservatives in Hollywood are battling the liberal status quo by creating entertainment that reflects the values held by the majority of Americans.
And things are changing for the better, he said, pointing to the best-picture Oscar nomination for the Christian-themed film “The Blind Side” and Sandra Bullock’s win as best actress in the movie.
There is a political/social shift occurring in Hollywood, Klavan told CNSNews.com, adding, “I think we’re changing it. It’s not something that’s happening passively. It’s something that’s happening because people are really making noise.”
“I have nothing against atheists or left-wingers making movies,” Klavan said. “I think everybody should be able to make movies. I simply think this kind of lock-step conformity that has become the default position of American intellectuals has to go. It’s bad for the arts. It’s bad for our intellectual conversation.”
The Hollywood culture, Klavan said, has made it difficult for conservatives to be successful and promote their own brand of entertainment product.
“There’s a culture in Hollywood where you are a left-winger; you can speak very openly – even in business meetings,” Klavan said. “If you’re a conservative, especially a religious person, people have to meet in secret. They talk in whispers. It’s a very disturbing kind of culture.”
Klavan also mentioned the experience of Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington’s experience in making the movie, “The Book of Eli,” which is about a post-apocalyptic world where the hero’s mission is to protect the last remaining Bible.
Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington. (Wikipedia Commons)
“When Denzel Washington recently made a film called ‘The Book of Eli’ – and Washington is a Christian and he made a film about a post-apocalyptic world in which he’s fighting to save the Bible, fighting to save the last copy of the Bible – the studio kept coming to him and saying, ‘Could you cut out some of the references to the Bible? Could you cut out some of the religious references?’” said Klavan.
“And I thought, ‘Why, are you afraid of making too much money? What’s the problem?” he said.
Klavan explained, as is well-documented, that many of the traditional, pro-family, and pro-religious movies are usually very financially successful in Hollywood. But many producers and directors do not like to make the films regardless of their potential for success.
Klavan said in his own career he has tried to “change the rules” by creating compelling books and films that feature characters who share the same beliefs and values of most Americans.
Two of his crime novels, “True Crime” and “Don’t Say a Word” were made into films starring Clint Eastwood and Michael Douglas, respectively. His screenplays include “Shock to the System” starring Michael Caine, and “One Missed Call.”
And now his series of books for young adults, “The Homelanders,” has been optioned by Summit Entertainment, maker of the “Twilight” film series and the film that won the 2010 Oscar for best picture, “The Hurt Locker.”
The hero of the series, teenager Charlie West, is a Christian and an American patriot with a black belt in karate whose adventures include fighting Islamic extremists and trying to clear his name after he’s charged with murder.
Klavan was in Washington, D.C., on Monday, to speak at a conference about intellectual property rights as it pertains to artists whose work is stolen online.
But the real threat, as Klavan sees it, is the Democrats who are in control in the White House and Congress.
“I think it’s a really very sinister and bad development,” Klavan said when asked about current events in the nation’s capital. “I don’t think the people involved are necessarily sinister and bad, but I think they are misguided.”
“They believe in a philosophy that has already been shown to be destructive and not to work,” Klavan said. “They are people who don’t understand the basic values o
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