Actor Kevin Sorbo says being conservative ‘hurt my career’

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A still from the upcoming movie "The Reliant"

Actor Kevin Sorbo, known for big-distribution Christian movies like God’s Not Dead, the upcoming The Reliant and for his support for conservative causes, told Fox News recently what it is like to be one of the few openly conservative actors in Hollywood.

During an interview with Fox’s David Webb, Sorbo, best known as Hercules from Hercules: The Legendary Journeys on USA in the 1990’s, said he didn’t go into it with eyes shut.

“When I sort of came out of the conservative closet, so to speak, I’ve always been a conservative, my wife warned me… ‘This is probably going to hurt your career,’” Sorbo said.

“And it did hurt my career. But thank God there’s an independent world out there as well that keeps me busy. I’ve been averaging three, four movies a year for the last 15 years.”

Sorbo, an open and proud Christian, has stayed busy in recent years by appearing in faith-based independent pictures.

He has also been unafraid to take aim at the liberal Hollywood hypocrisy that tries to push conservatives like him out of the film business.

“I don’t understand this scream for tolerance and scream for freedom of speech that comes from the left, but it’s all a one-way street,” he said.

“Why can’t we have an open dialog about it? But it’s a difficult road to have to travel … it gets frustrating because … to me, it’s childish and not really fair.”

“It’s strange that it’s a battle that we even have to fight,” Sorbo continued. “I have liberal friends. I have atheist friends… We have great talks and great debates. We still go golfing and have a beer.”

When asked if conservatives are starting to get more opportunities in Hollywood, Sorbo replied, “I think it’s opening up and certainly starting to happen a lot more than it used to.”

“But we need to be realistic. It’s still a capitalist business,” he said, emphasizing that Americans need to demand more conservative and Christian movies from studios.

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