Veteran actor Robert Davi disclosed how power brokers from Hollywood repeatedly offered him “everything” in return for giving up his support for President Donald Trump.
Davi appeared on the Fox News show “The Ingraham Angle” on Wednesday to discuss recent calls by “Will & Grace” stars Debra Messing and Eric McCormack to create a blacklist of Hollywood figures at Trump’s Beverly Hills fundraiser next month.
The “Die Hard” star revealed during the interview how he was also invited to every talk show as long as he denounced the current administration.
“I’ve been offered, by other people in the industry, at certain points, to denounce Trump, and they said, ‘What do you want?’” said Davi. “They said, ‘What do you want? You’d be on every talk show, everything. You want to do stuff?’”
The 68-year-old also discussed how he was refused certain jobs due to his support for the President.
“It’s happened so many times, people have told me: ‘The director wanted to use you, but it knows he can’t.’ That happens to several,” he explained. “I’m not complaining about it. It’s just something that I wish the elder of Hollywood, like Norman Lear and Clint Eastwood—opposing points of view—would call a meeting and say, ‘You know what, we shouldn’t be doing this in Hollywood.’”
Davi, who has featured in over 100 movies, including the famous action film “Die Hard” and the James Bond thriller “License to Kill,” said he would like to see Hollywood managers hold a meeting and agree to avoid not giving jobs to people who do not share their political views.
Davi also argued, however, that “95%” of Hollywood’s technical professionals are supporters of Trump, but can’t speak up for fear of losing their livelihoods.
“The below-the-line people—the key grips, the sound guys, the lighting guys, the gaffers, the makeup artists—a lot of them, 95 percent are for Trump,” the award-winning director explained. “So, when they go in front of the cameras, they’re frightened. They come to me and say, ‘Man, thank you for speaking up for us. Thank you for being one of the few that speaks up.’”
Davi remains one of the few conservative voices in Hollywood, and strongly supported Trump before and after the presidential elections in 2016. Davi had previously argued that, in order to change the political culture, the industry’s conservatives “need to grow a pair” and must starting “[voicing] their political opinions without fear of personal or professional reprisal.”
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