Oscar winner Jon Voight has come out fighting to defend his controversial pro-life film Roe v. Wade, a movie about the US abortion law, insisting critics 'know nothing.'
Conservative actor Voight asserted to DailyMailTV that his 'really good' new project will educate many on the subject, which has prompted decades of heated debates and outrage.
The movie, set for release next month, was shot in secret as filmmakers feared backlash from pro-choice activists and has prompted huge outrage on social media.
But Voight, 80, who plays Nixon-nominated US Supreme Court Justice Warren Burger in the film, and writer Nick Loeb have urged critics to stay quiet until they see the movie in theaters.
Jon Voight has come out fighting to defend his controversial pro-life film Roe v. Wade, in an exclusive interview with DailyMailTV, saying that his 'really good' new project will educate people on the subject, which has prompted decades of debates and outrage
Voight cited that 'people know nothing' about the real case, but will be schooled by the movie.
'There is so much stuff that has been said about Roe vs. Wade, this decision of the Supreme Court in the 70s,' he explained.
'Really people are talking about it and getting excited and upset but they know nothing about it.
'Thank God somebody said let's make a movie about it and show all the aspects.
'The script was loaded with information that I never heard before. It is going to be exciting for people to see.'
In 1973 the US Supreme Court ruled it was a constitutional right for women to have access to safe and legal abortion.
At the time, the decision was met with a great deal of controversy with some lawmakers calling the ruling 'judicial activism', rather than constitutionally ethical.
But today, a Planned Parenthood study found that 72 percent of Americans wholeheartedly agree with the legalization of abortion. However, fierce opposition still remains, particularly in southern states.
Voight added that he is not fazed by the 'furor' from civil rights groups, campaigners and religious sects, saying: 'This moment - it is the tenure of the times that there is a lot of emotion and not an awful lot of scholarship - looking into things and finding the truth.
'So the thing is to encourage everybody to look for the truth.
'This will help. And that is why I did it. I said this is going to help. We will all go to school a little bit. Hopefully it will be entertaining too. There are some very good actors in it.'
Voight, 80, who plays Nixon-nominated US Supreme Court Justice Warren Burger (right) in the film, urged critics to stay quiet until they see the movie
In 1973 the US Supreme Court ruled it was a constitutional right for women to have access to safe and legal abortion, which was met with lots of controversy. Pictured: An estimated 5,000 people marching around the Minnesota Capitol building protesting the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision
Voight's comments were bolstered by the film's writer and co-director Nick Loeb, who refuted claims that film is 'right wing propaganda.'
He vigorously defended his portrayal of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger as a 'racist'.
'Her first project was called the negro project - her concept to reduce the number of Afro Africans, she was eugenicist,' he said.
'She wrote about it in her autobiography about how she spoke at KKK rallies.'
He complained that 'over 150' mostly negative reviews have been penned about the movie, adding: 'A lot of people do not want to hear the truth, they do not want to know the real story, people are afraid of it and twisted.'
Loeb asserts that the film is neutral, adding: 'We as producers and directors did not take a position. We wrote the characters as they were in real life.'
'If people want to protest against the truth, they do what they want to do. Everything in the movie is 100 percent accurate.'
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