Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 28 January 2015

Voight unsure over Deliverance role

Jon Voight has said he nearly turned down a role in Deliverance
Jon Voight has said he nearly turned down a role in Deliverance

Jon Voight has admitted he considered turning down Deliverance because it was too violent, but his future wife Marcheline Bertrand convinced him not to on their second date.

The Ray Donovan actor starred in the 1972 thriller about an ill-fated river rafting trip, but confessed he had found parts of the script difficult to stomach until he showed it to Marcheline soon after they met.

He told TV Times: "When I first read it, I stopped at the rape scene and couldn't get past it for several weeks. It was pretty disturbing and I started questioning whether I should do it."

Jon had just started dating Marcheline, who he would later go on to marry and have two children with, one of whom was Angelina Jolie, and said he showed her the script on their second date.

He recalled: "She didn't flinch during the rape scene and told me, 'Oh, it's a fantastic story. You should definitely do this'."

Actress Marcheline was married to Jon from 1971 until 1980, and died in 2007.

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Nightlife Galleries

More

Latest Entertainment News

Latest Music News

Latest Film & TV News

Latest Eating Out News

Horoscopes

Your Horoscopes by Russell Grant

Aquarius:

Joining a discussion group will be lots of fun. You'll enjoy brainstorming with fellow visionaries. The idea for a community improvement project is worth developing. You and your neighbours will benefit from a beautiful gathering spot. It's easy to feel alienated in this technological age. Create a space where you can escape computers, telephones and artificial lighting. Don't be surprised when you feel compelled to visit this sanctuary every day. Spending time outdoors will make you more relaxed and productive.More