EDITOR’S NOTE (Sept. 18, 2010): Last month, Kevin Sorbo told host Rex Sikes that Tinseltown studios are “truly a mafia.” Today, the New York Post writes that the Hercules star “might be the bravest actor in Hollywood for taking on the ‘creative accounting’ practiced by the studios.”
Kevin Sorbo may be a Greek demigod in the eyes of billions, but in Hollywood’s eyes he’s little more than a spec of dust. Or so he believes.
Interviewed on Movie Beat, the actor who, from 1995 to 1999, played the lead in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys—which would become the world’s most watched TV series—lashes out at the ways of Tinseltown.
“Ever since the ‘60s, it’s just gotten worse in Hollywood,” Kevin tells host Rex Sikes. I like visual effects like anyone else but the bulk of those movies—the Transformers —even though they make hundreds of millions of dollars because it’s all the 12 to 20 year olds who see it five times because it’s a video game, there’s no story, there’s zero story.
“The studios—I think I’ve mentioned this to you before —they are mafia. And I don’t use that term lightly. They are certainly, truly a mafia,” Kevin continues.
“They hide the money, they bury the money, they won’t share profits, they won’t pay actors what they’re due on the back end of series.
“It’s happen to me, it’s happen to many actors I know, and they will beat you to the ground. It’s amazing.
“I don’t like Hollywood. I like making and creating television and movies,” he adds.
“They’re like politicians, the people who run the studios. If you can actually get a truth machine on them and hear what they really say and hear what they really think, they don’t even like themselves.”
Click here to hear Kevin Sorbo’s full interview.
Click here to read the New York Post‘s coverage of Kevin battle with Hollywood.