For most, Independence Day is a time to celebrate a hard-fought-for freedom, whether from the tyranny of British colonial rule or from aliens who didn’t update their antivirus software in a timely manner.
Not all freedom is necessarily desired, however, as James Woods proved when he announced that his agent was dropping him as a client on July 4th.
Woods tweeted a screencap of an email from his now-former agent, Ken Kaplan, which read “It’s the 4th of July and I’m feeling patriotic I don’t want to represent you anymore. I mean I can go on a rant but you know what I’d say.”
The actor replied, “Dear Ken, I don’t actually. I was thinking if you’re 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.”
The Videodrome and Once Upon a Time in America star has become more better known for his social media usage than his acting in recent years. Woods routinely uses Twitter to espouse his conservative political views.
Woods claims to have been a Democrat until the impeachment of Bill Clinton. He is a keen supporter and vocal defender of Donald Trump.
In 2015, Woods sued an anonymous Twitter user for $10 million over what he called a “libellous” tweet suggesting he was a cocaine addict. The user died of a heart attack before Woods could find out their identity. The actor said he hoped they had “died in agony.”
James Woods will next be seen in the forthcoming video game Kingdom Hearts III, where he will reprise his role of Hades from Disney’s version of Hercules.