Fred Thompson on Being an 'Outnumbered' Conservative in Hollywood
Former U.S. Senator, former presidential candidate and star of the new film 'Persecuted' Fred Thompson joined Kimberly Guilfoyle, Harris Faulkner, Kirsten Powers and Sandra Smith on Outnumbered as #oneluckyguy to discuss a litany of topics, including what it’s like being a conservative in Hollywood.
Thompson acknowledged it can be tough as a conservative in that industry and that the people who work in Hollywood are predominantly and outspokenly liberal.
“They’re artistic, they’re idealistic, they’re humanitarians—so many of them,” he said. “Their hearts are in the right place, but a lot of them don’t have a real strong connection with what it’s like in the day-to-day world out there, making a living the way most people do.”
While Thompson admitted he never finds out about roles he may not receive because of his political stances, he pointed to well-known conservative actor Jon Voight, who works prolifically.
“If there’s one thing that people feel more strongly about in Hollywood than politics, it’s money. They look at the bottom line.”
Thompson also noted there are many people in the film and television industry “on the other side of the camera” who may not have the inclination or platform to state their political beliefs.
Thompson concluded by pointing to two iconic actors with disparate political stances—Clint Eastwood and Paul Newman. “I have found the more professional the person, the bigger the star, the nicer they are.”
Thompson’s new film, 'Persecuted,' opens today and tells the story a televangelist framed for murder by powerful government officials.
Watch the discussion and a preview clip from 'Persecuted' above.
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