While I applaud Voight's principled stand, it's clear that the only reason he get a pass is because he's already established his acting bona fides with his Academy Award win decades ago. Also, he's a supporting actor now, not a leading actor.
Without Voight's credentials (and age), it's impossible for any actor who aspires to lead a film, or a television series, to speak publicly about conservative principles.
The only one that really comes close is Gary Sinese. But, Sinese stays pretty clear of domestic policy issues and I've never heard him say anything political (other than he supports the troops) on a national media show.
Another actor who doesn’t hesitate to speak out is James Woods.
James Woods, interesting man. He should run for public office.
Scratch a liberal and youll find a fascist ... Im not joking. You look at whats happening in this country now. Catharine MacKinnon thinks that we should now limit free speech, anything that offends a woman should now no longer be allowed - no reasonable man or woman in this country would subscribe to that, its just insanity. (1994)
But, you know, feminists have just destroyed the world as we, know it. I havent met a woman lately, and Im talking about women who work and have a high position, who doesnt agree with that. It has just destroyed relationships between men and women. Men and women are very wary of each other now. I listen to these feminists rave about, How dare they attack Bill Clinton for having a little consensual sex act, but went nuts because Clarence Thomas allegedly made a joke about a Coke can. And the other guy is humiliating his wife and getting oral sex while hes talking about Bosnia to a congressman. Hello? Barbara Boxer is, you know, the most worthless, hypocritical feminist loser on the face of the earth .... I just loathe with every fiber of my being, liars. My second ex-wife was a liar. And Nixon was a liar. And this Clinton is a liar. I have no respect for him no matter what in the world he ever does.
My nightmare in life, my absolute fundamental, overwhelming, egregious nightmare, is Bill Gates vision of the future, where there will be a video camera on every corner and every conversation will be recorded. Man, Id rather put a pitchfork in my eyes than live in a world like that.