Tuesday, June 25, 2024

UPDATE “CBS Sunday Morning” Glossed Over Jon Voight’s Crazier Aspects, Referred to Him as a Trumper


Here’s an update on the “CBS Sunday Morning” profile of Jon Voight.

TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz (grand-nephew of “Mank’) glossed over Voight’s loonier stuff and stuck to his career. He did called Voight a “Trumper,” and mentioned his nutty “Roe v. Wade” movie, but didn’t get into it very deeply.

On the Trump front, Mankiewicz omitted Voight’s real devotion to Trump, how he spoke at the 2016 Inauguration — lone among actors — and eventually was rewarded with a Presidential Medal of Freedom. Voight did not get to opine on a number of things that would have made “Sunday Morning” viewers’ hair stand up straight.

Voight is real dilemma because he is charming and an excellent actor. When you talk to him in person, he glows, and he’s a lot of fun. But then the politics start, and you want to run for the hills. The “Roe v. Wade” movie is an abomination. But if there’s more “Ray Donovan,” and he returns, that’s always welcome.

I must say, I enjoyed the pieces this morning on Merry Clayton and Russ Tamblyn a lot more. Buy Merry’s album on Amazon. It’s wonderful.



Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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