Fred Thompson on Being Conservative in Hollywood

Fred Thompson has a small role in the upcoming conservative filmĀ Persecuted, which is about a Preacher being asked to set aside his faith by his government, and the repercussions that follow his refusal.

The Hollywood Reporter met with the former Senator and US Presidential candidate (as well as the faux-NY District Attorney from Law and Order) to talk about the movie.

Here’s a bit of what they discussed...


Do you think the movie’s theme of Christian persecution has relevance in the real world?

There’s terrible persecution in many countries. Of course, we don’t have that here, but we do have issues involving church and state. You can’t have too much religious freedom, but you can certainly have too much governmental involvement in religion.

Is it tough to be a Republican actor in Hollywood?

It’s a tough business for everybody, but if you happen to run across a particular moviemaker who’s politically oriented and your views don’t coincide, then it could be an issue. There’s no question about that. It’s a tougher road to travel. Conservatives don’t go out of their way to advertise their political views because they know they’re the distinct minority. It’s not just actors, but also behind-the-camera folks.

Read the rest of the interview at the Hollywood Reporter…

And if you haven’t seen the trailer forĀ Persecuted yet, take a look now.