Actor Jon Voight praised Donald Trump and said he believes that the left is attacking the President because he is effective.
He also revealed that not everybody in notoriously left-leaning Hollywood is at odds with his support for President Trump.
The veteran actor and father of Angelina Jolie commented on the attacks from media and others that have sought to sway opinion on the Trump presidency.
“The virulence is because he’s effective. That’s what the virulence comes from. He’s actually doing what he said he would do,” Voight told Fox. “They’re conjuring lies and slander against this man trying to destroy this presidency. It’s that simple.”
Jon Voight’s screen acting credits extend back to the 1960s, according to his IMDB profile. Some of his most popular movies include “Midnight Cowboy,” “Deliverance,” and “Ali.” His performance on TV series “Ray Donovan” earned him critical acclaim.
Voight has acted on over 90 different TV series and movies. He was known early for his leading man looks and also his unique character portrayals, according to a Box Office Mojo interview. His most recent movie release was “Surviving the Wild,” released in January. He will appear in “Orphan Horse,” scheduled for release in 2018. Future movies in production include “Roe v. Wade,” and “Reagan,” according to his IMDB profile.
When asked by Fox host Mark Levin if he was worried about the reaction to his political views, Jon Voight said that there are people in Hollywood supporting and encouraging him.
“I get a lot of support from people who I appreciate, who I respect. It’s not all one way,” said Voight. “[T]here’s enough people around who are of a conservative nature.”
He also acknowledged Hollywood’s notorious political sway and how it came about.
“Hollywood has been infiltrated. Why? Because they’re important. That’s why the left is focused on Hollywood. That’s why they’re focused on our universities. And if you look at the subculture of the left, they know exactly what they’re doing.”
Voight also talked about his friend Burt Reynolds. Reynolds passed away on Sept. 6. The two starred in 1972’s “Deliverance,” a movie credited with taking Burt Reynolds’s career to new levels. Voight shared stories of Reynolds’s humor on set. He said he spoke with Reynold’s even fairly recently.
“We were close. I called him every month or so.”
Voight also spoke about his admiration and love for the Jewish culture. He spoke of his connection to Jewish people, through his father’s early years of working at a Jewish country club. Voight was raised Catholic.
Voight’s most recent acting triumph was his Golden Globe-winning role as Mickey Donovan, father of Ray Donovan. He won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for his portrayal of a Vietnam War veteran in “Coming Home,” according to Showtime and The Golden Globes.
He also won a Golden Globe for 1969’s “Midnight Cowboy,” a role he says catapulted him into the public eye. He also says he was only paid $14,000, despite the movie going on to win a Best Picture Oscar. He says he knew that taking the role, in which he starred alongside Dustin Hoffman, would be beneficial for his career, and that he spent the $14,000 before the movie finished production, according to an interview with Box Office Mojo.