Actor Frank Whaley takes to Twitter to accuse Trump-supporter Jon Voight of slapping him on the set of Ray Donovan — with a photo to prove it.
Frank Whaley accused Jon Voight of slapping him on the set of Ray Donovan, and he’s got the set photo to prove it. The two starred together in Showtime’s acclaimed crime drama, which was created by Ann Biderman. Voight starred as the titular character’s nefarious father Mickey for the show’s full run; Whaley played FBI Agent Van Miller in the first season. The show premiered in June 2013 and concluded after seven seasons.
Whaley made his accusation in conjunction with Voight’s appearance at the 2020 Republican National Convention (RNC). Voight lent his voice to the convention’s opening video, in which he praised Trump for his service and threw shade on Democrats for their opposition. The Democratic National Convention (DNC) concluded last week, with Joe Biden accepting its nomination for President of the United States. In the RNC video, Voight’s narration accused the DNC of slowing down the President’s progress while deceiving the American public. He also praised Trump’s response to COVID-19.
Frank Whaley had a few accusations of his own. Taking to Twitter, he was not subtle in his feelings about Voight while they worked together on the Showtime series. “F*** Jon Voight,” he writes. “On Ray Donovan he slapped me across the face in the middle of a scene because he couldn’t keep up, then denied doing it. He forgot about the still photographer who was on set. Bottom line: Jon Voight is a major d**k.” Whaley concluded his tweet with the hashtag #RNCConvention2020, making clear the connection between his post and Voight’s contribution to the RNC on the same day. Whaley includes a photo in his tweet that certainly appears to corroborate his claim—with the two actors standing next to each other on set, Voight’s hand in motion as it moves toward Whaley’s wincing face.
Fuck Jon Voight. On Ray Donovan he slapped me across the face in the middle of a scene because he couldn’t keep up, then denied doing it. He forgot about the still photographer who was on set. Bottom line: Jon Voight is a major dick. #RNCConvention2020 pic.twitter.com/l7o2HQOxx9— Frank Whaley (@TheFrankWhaley) August 25, 2020
Voight, the father of actress Angelina Jolie and star of Academy Award-winning Midnight Cowboy, has a history of making controversial political statements. Though an ardent protester of the Vietnam War in his youth, he later expressed regret for his anti-war activist and has since become an advocate for right-winged positions. He has written op-eds highly critical of President Barack Obama and received criticism for calling him a “false prophet.” He endorsed Mitt Romney and Donald Trump in their respective bids for President in 2012 and 2016, and has called the latter “the greatest president since Abraham Lincoln.”
Neither Voight nor a spokesperson has yet commented on Whaley’s accusation, nor is it clear how this news may affect Voight’s appearances in future Ray Donovan projects, which lead Leiv Schrieber has claimed are in development as of July 2020. ScreenRant will provide further updates as the story develops.