James Woods Dropped by ‘Political Liberal’ Talent Agent on July 4th, Actor Says

“I was thinking if you’re feeling patriotic, you would appreciate free speech and one’s right to think as an individual,” actor tells longtime agent Ken Kaplan

Last Updated: July 5, 2018 @ 6:08 AM

James Woods, the Oscar-nominated actor and outspoken Hollywood conservative, said late Wednesday that he has been dropped by his longtime talent agent, Ken Kaplan, over his politics.

The news was first revealed by the Emmy-winning actor himself on Twitter, who shared an email he said he received from Kaplan on Wednesday.

“It’s the 4th of July and I’m feeling patriotic. I don’t want to represent you anymore. I mean I could go on a rant but you know what I’d say,” said Kaplan, who Woods described as a “political liberal.”

Kaplan is a partner at the The Gersh Agency. Among his others clients are Hollywood stars like Winona Ryder and Kristen Stewart, according to IMDbPro.

The agent did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap on Thursday.

Woods, famous for his roles in films like “Casino,” “Salvador” and “Videodrome,” is one of Hollywood most vocal conservatives and a supporter of President Donald Trump on Twitter. Woods also posted his own reply back to Kaplan.

“Dear Ken, I don’t actually,” said Woods. “I was thinking if you’re feeling patriotic, you would appreciate free speech and one’s right to think as an individual. Be that as it may, I want to thank you for all your hard work and devotion on my behalf. Be well.”

Despite once being a Hollywood A-lister, Woods has seen his career fall off dramatically in his elders years, a development he has attributed to being “blacklisted” for his conservative views.

The actor has also stirred controversy in the past for statements and opinions, like this one in which he appeared to call Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson a “saloon hooker.”