Actor Thomas Jane isn’t as vocal as his peers when it comes to politics.
Jane, best known for his work in “The Mist,” “The Punisher” and “The Expanse,” doesn’t weigh in on the latest headlines like his peers.
His Twitter account focuses primarily on his busy career, pinging between behind-the-scenes snapshots and odes to various co-stars.
Jane opened up more than usual during a candid chat with MovieWeb.com for his latest project, “Slayers.” The horror-comedy hybrid follows a veteran vampire slayer (Jane) who teams with social media influencers to battle an undead syndicate.
Jane expounded on the film’s satirical nature but spent time excoriating the current state of free speech in America.
The actor questioned narratives surrounding the “science” we read about in the public space and worried those who offer conflicting opinions find themselves silenced by Big Tech.
“Who are the sources? Who’s backing this up? Is there any science behind it? What is the science who’s paying for the science… it’s being twisted to serve the purposes of the man and a much grander machine. And I think any one of us can really wrap our minds around how grand the machine is, that is manipulating us. But we’re seeing that’s why people are getting canceled, because they’re not lying. Most of them because they’re telling the truth. And these are uncomfortable truths that are being shielded from us for a reason, because it is very powerful.”
Americans can now do their own research and come to conclusions that may differ from the accepted narratives. That scares those in charge of the information dissemination, he said.
“…there’s been no greater time for democracy than the present moment with the technology that we have. In fact, that’s become so dangerous to folks, that we are now being excised from access to that truth.”
Some scientists and reporters (like Alex Berenson) were banished from Twitter in recent months for sharing conflicting views on the pandemic. YouTube similarly deplatformed voices which countered the government’s wisdom on lockdowns and the pandemic in general.
Jane continued, bringing Climate Change into the conversation to show how more information, not less, is the path forward.
“You don’t have to be right. In fact, if you’re wrong, and if you’re able to bounce that off people, the feedback you get will generally lead you toward the truth.”
The actor doesn’t name-check Dr. Anthony Fauci, who famously said, “I represent science,” but he excoriated those who suggest “the science is settled.”
“Science never claims to find the truth about anything. It’s an ongoing discovery. It’s a process. It’s a process that needs to be democratic in order to function.”
It’s not the first time Jane spoke out against the new limitations on speech.
In a 2020 chat with Agence France-Presse, Jane explained his participation in “Run Hide Fight,” a thriller set during a school shooting.
“The subject is taboo,” Jane told the outlet.
“Run Hide Fight” struggled to land a distributor due to the film’s incendiary subject matter. The story involves a teen (Isabel May) taking the fight to teen terrorists who overtake her high school.
Jane said that story deserves a fair hearing.
“Everyone wants to tow the line. Nobody wanted to do a movie about it. Everybody is so goddamned touchy in this country, and I’m sick of it … I am sick of not being able to have an open discussion and a disagreement.”
The Daily Wire, a freedom-friendly, right-leaning platform, eventually shared the film via its burgeoning entertainment platform.