Kevin Sorbo, star of the film “God’s Not Dead,” ranked fifth at the U.S. box office, says he knows he’s on a blacklist in liberal Hollywood for being independent-minded.

When Beliefnet’s John W. Kennedy interviewed Sorbo about his role as an atheist professor in  “God’s Not Dead,”  the actor opened up about his faith, political views, and career decisions colored by Hollywood’s antipathy toward conservatives.

“They scream for tolerance,” Sorbo said. “They scream for freedom of speech, but it you disagree at all with what they’re saying then they can blacklist you. They have the power to do that.”

These remarks came after Kennedy asked the actor if he’s experienced a backlash in Hollywood for his views and Sorbo responded:

Oh, sure. I mean I’m an independent in Hollywood. I’ve voted Democratic in my life, I’ve voted Republican in my life. I’m one of the few people I think in Hollywood who actually comes out and says, ‘Hey, you know what, I vote for who I think is the best person, period.’  I’m not a party guy. There are people on both sides of the political fence that I don’t agree with. To me, I look to see who I honestly think is going to be the best person. So, that, in itself, is enough to get me blacklisted in Hollywood …”

Sam Sorbo, the actor’s wife, says she experienced a backlash over her political views on education.

In a recent interview with The Blaze’s Dana Loesch, Sam remarked:  “As naive as I was back then, I thought, ‘Well if I write about school, that’s not political!’ But of course school is the most political, because that’s where the progressive agenda is coming out the strongest and the hardest.”

With Kevin Sorbo’s starring role in “God’s Not Dead,” the family appears to have scored points despite the alleged blacklist. The movie took first place at the box office for films that opened in 1,000 or fewer theaters.

This story was produced by The Foundry’s news team. Nothing here should be construed as necessarily reflecting the views of The Heritage Foundation.