by Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.

One of the many fatalities of Hollywood’s war on conservatism is the career of James Woods, the feisty author of countless conservative tweets and a towering steeple among conservatives on Twitter. His commentary and retorts are biting, witty, and when they need to be, merciless.  But of course, his open display of his political positions has cast a stigma on his career as an actor. And Woods has said as much.

In a tweet from February, Woods said he was blacklisted because he refused to back Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton. Then came word from Woods that The Gersh Agency, which represented him for a great part of his career, would not continue representing him because of his political views.

And Twitter has not been accommodating to Woods, either. Despite having 1.79 million followers, Twitter banned him from his account after he tweeted a meme of three men enthusiastically proclaiming that they were going to make women’s votes more powerful this election cycle by staying home on election day.

#Genius!

Twitter refused Woods access to his account unless he took down the meme. He refused. And he got his account back.

But if his Twitter presence has been remarkable, his acting career has been even more so. Woods, known for his intensity on the screen and his ability to deliver expressions of sheer unbridled anger is one of the giants of modern film productions.

Who can forget the Porsche scene in Against All Odds and the events surrounding it? And if you haven’t seen The Specialist where Woods’s character, Ned Trent, loses it while building a bomb in front of a trailer full of Miami police officers daring them to have him blow it up, then you’ve missed one of the greatest displays of controlled anger on film.

Then there was his portrayal of the Machiavellian politician in Contact, who kept saying, “Continue,” as he intently listened to the report of the missing 8-hours of data from a presumably failed, seconds-long, space mission in a vehicle that was the product of alien blueprint instructions. The missing time sequence was the exact amount that Jodie Foster’s character, the astronaut that actually traveled in the craft, described as she toured the galaxy with an apparent alien. Woods’s silent attention was followed by a single, sinister, controlled utterance from him, “That is interesting.”

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But by far, my favorite Woods movie is True Believer where Woods plays a beat up, longhaired, has-been lawyer opposite Robert Downey, Jr. The movie opens with Downey entering the courtroom to meet Woods’s character, Eddie Dodd, for the first time. Woods, his back to the camera, is seated at the defense table when Downey instinctively introduces himself to the shorthaired, well-manicured defendant seated next to him. When Woods actually responds, the audience is duped and falls victim to one of the great displays of irony and double-fakery in film. Few actors other than Woods would have been able to pull off this inherent contradiction in a character.

But, as has become too frequent a case, Woods’ career has been effectively silenced as his conservatism has become public. You would think that there would be someone so iconic, so magnificent, so great, that political bias would be insufficient to ostracize.

Well, you’d be wrong.

Yet Hollywood’s coercion was unable to silence him, merely to control the only thing it can about him: his career. But over the past week, there has been talk about a sitcom featuring him and another discarded semi-conservative actor, Roseanne Barr — talk that Woods himself ginned up.

Needless to say, I’d love to tune in to that sitcom. Not because of Barr who, although iconic in her own rate, is at best a mediocre actress. But because of Woods, a true giant amongst thespians!

And the fact that Woods and Barr would almost assuredly be able to put together a hit because of their talents, their huge following who feels starved for something not bashing Trump and Republicans, and of course the controversy. But for it to really happen, someone in Hollywood would have to have the fortitude and professionalism to do it.

Unlikely. Woods’ feisty, take-no-prisoners verbal fisticuffs on Twitter does not translate into persuading even otherwise willing Hollywood execs to take the risk. The anti-all-things-not-left in Hollywood is just too strong and too nasty, frequently beating out even the profit motive.

However, if someone with a distribution channel took it, about every conservative out there would give it a watch. I’m ready to. I’ll even go fire up the popcorn!

Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He is the author of The Federalist Pages and cohost of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod. Dr. Gonzalez is presently serving in the Florida House of Representatives. He can be reached through www.thefederalistpages.com to arrange a lecture or book signing.


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11 thoughts on “Can Fearless Conservative James Woods Make An Acting Come Back?

  • October 22, 2018 at 3:24 pm
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    I enjoyed Mr. Wood’s acting. However, I wasn’t aware, until recently, just how brilliant a person he is.
    IF he makes another movie, or develops a sitcom with Ms. Barr, he will have me as a fan.
    Vietnam Vet. We NEVEr forget and rarely forgive.

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    • October 22, 2018 at 9:52 pm
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      Agree with you! I want to see him on the big screen as well! It is totally unfair that a handful of demi-gods tell us what we need to see and hear. Go Mr. Woods!

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  • October 22, 2018 at 4:06 pm
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    I like Woods but working with that slob Roseann would be a mistake. She was pushing perversion in her show when it was brought back. She is talent-less and no conservative.

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    • October 23, 2018 at 5:48 am
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      I agree. It baffles me to no end to witness the almost unbelievably pathetic stupidity of anyone who claims to have traditional ‘conservative’ American values and who have been cheerleading for Roseanne Barr as if this woman is a legitimate conservative who shares their values. She does NOT. She is a liberal, just as much infected with that fatal and destructive mental disease as are every other celebrity produced by Hollywood. Well, let me allow for the 1-2 percent who might harbor a few traditional conservative opinions on a few select areas – but, even that 1-2 percent are still willing to embrace many of the most culturally destructive poisons that the liberal cohorts have managed to force down the throats of mainstream American conservatives. They likely do so because they know they are vastly outnumbered and they understand the Satanic levels of vindictiveness and intolerance of the Hollywood liberal world and realize their careers would be over if they dared to buck the depravity too forcefully.

      As for the best movies I’ve seen James Woods in – here are my favorites. Against All Odds. Best Seller. Two truly outstanding performances, both of which have held up well over time.

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  • October 22, 2018 at 4:07 pm
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    truly great to watch. He is one actor I would support. We need a conservative option to non-Holywood.

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  • October 22, 2018 at 4:57 pm
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    Why not have someone contact TIM ALLEN and have him consider giving James Woods and Roseanne Barr a cameo on Fox’s revival of Last Man Standing. Let’s see how the audience reacts, that should speak volumes and answer all our questions. I can’t get enough of James Woods, he truly is an American patriot!

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  • October 22, 2018 at 5:52 pm
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    James Woods is a highly skilled and intelligent actor that works with actors of a similar calibre. He takes roles that are well written and intriguing. So no, he can’t make a comeback in the current Hollywood climate.

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    • October 22, 2018 at 6:36 pm
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      I think you are a good point!

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  • October 22, 2018 at 5:55 pm
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    Time for JGN , the John Gault Network

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  • October 22, 2018 at 6:39 pm
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    The Hollywood Juice would never allow it.

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  • October 22, 2018 at 6:42 pm
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    Why would he want to make a comeback via Hollywood? The reason Hollywood is such a monster and enemy of our Constitutional Republic is that way too many conservatives continue to FEED the BEAST. I can honestly say that I have gotten along quite well without Hollywood and its vast tentacles around the Nation.

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