James Woods: My ‘liberal’ agent dropped me because he was ‘feeling patriotic'

Lawrence Kim
July 6, 2018

James Woods was dropped by his talent agent on July 4 over his political beliefs, the conservative actor charged.

"It's the 4th of July and I'm feeling patriotic", wrote Kaplan.

Prior to getting dropped, it was business as usual for Woods on Twitter.

Mr. Woods didn't say what prompted Mr. Kaplan's email, but suggested it had something to do with his politics. "I could go on a rant but you know what I would say".

Woods tweeted his response to Kaplan, describing him as a "political liberal". "Dear Ken, I don't actually", it read.

The actor shared the email he received from Ken Kaplan, his talent agent, on Twitter, which had the subject line, "Well..."

Kaplan's email, apparently sent to the actor at 8:26 pm yesterday, followed Woods' busy holiday tweeting spree, including one that referred to former president Barack Obama as "a stain" and, in quote marks apparently meant to suggest irony, a "man". I was thinking if you're patriotic, you would appreciate free speech and one's right to think as an individual. The actor went on to thank Kaplan for "all [his] hard work and devotion" on his behalf.

Kaplan now represents more than 30 other actors, including Winona Ryder and Kristen Stewart.

The two-time Oscar nominee is known for movies "Ghosts of Mississippi", "Once Upon a Time in America", and "Casino", but most recently voiced Lex Luthor on animated series "Justice League Action".

Woods found himself under fire last fall after actress Amber Tamblyn called him "predatory" in an open letter inspired by the #MeToo movement, claiming he tried to pick her and a friend up at a diner when she was 16.

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