In an exclusive interview with The Daily Mail, Oscar winner Jon Voight fiercely defended his new film, “Roe v. Wade,” which has triggered ferocious backlash from pro-abortion advocates. Although the move is not due to be released until March, criticism has abounded from pro-abortion advocates, prompting Voight to passionately defend the film, which was shot privately because the flimmakers sensed there would be huge outrage from pro-abortion advocates..
Voight, 80, who won an Oscar for Best Actor for 1978’s “Coming Home,” and plays U.S. Supreme Court Justice Warren Burger in the film, stated that “people know nothing” about the actual case of Roe v. Wade, continuing:
There is so much stuff that has been said about Roe vs. Wade, this decision of the Supreme Court in the 70s. Really people are talking about it and getting excited and upset but they know nothing about it. Thank God somebody said let’s make a movie about it and show all the aspects. The script was loaded with information that I never heard before. It is going to be exciting for people to see.
Responding to those who have already criticized the film, Voight stated, “This moment — it is the tenor of the times that there is a lot of emotion and not an awful lot of scholarship — looking into things and finding the truth. So the thing is to encourage everybody to look for the truth. This will help. And that is why I did it. I said this is going to help. We will all go to school a little bit. Hopefully it will be entertaining too. There are some very good actors in it.”
The Guardian reported in mid-January:
With dialogue such as: “We have been in our second civil war for over 50 years now”, “Doctors must protect life … from the point of conception”, and “This is a conspiracy”, Roe v Wade’s trailer leaves no doubt what its intentions are; it also features news items about Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the supreme court followed by the line, “It will flip the decision.”
Writer Nick Loeb dismissed the criticism from some opponents that the film is “right wing propaganda.” He said that more than 150 mostly negative reviews have been written already, adding, “A lot of people do not want to hear the truth, they do not want to know the real story, people are afraid of it and twisted.”
Loeb pointed out that the film takes a neutral position on the issue, saying, “We as producers and directors did not take a position. We wrote the characters as they were in real life. If people want to protest against the truth, they do what they want to do. Everything in the movie is 100 percent accurate.”
Voight concluded, “People are expressing themselves to it without knowing what it is. It was the same thing with the court decision in the first place. They did not know what it meant. … So everybody gets on the same page, and then we can start saying, ‘Here is what I feel; here is what you feel.’”
As far as roles he still wants to play, Voight asserted, “I am looking for stories, and if I think there is some truth to something, a good story and a part for me, I will be tempted to go that way. That is what I base it on. I do not have any prejudgments. When I see the piece I know if it resonates with me.”
The Daily Mail reported, “Facebook has reportedly refused to authorize ads promoting the movie because the social media network considers the film a political ad. The film’s producers wanted to buy advertising on Facebook but the firm said the ad did not align with its new ‘issues of national importance’ guidelines, according to Breitbart.”