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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke June 6, 2024

Another actor supposedly joins a ‘non-woke’ film studio that doesn’t exist

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  • This claim originated on a self-described satire page.

James Woods has drawn attention in recent years for his conservative views, but claims he’s leaving Hollywood to join a fellow actor in an environment that more aligns with his political values are inaccurate. 

"Breaking," a June 2 Facebook post said. "James Woods leaves Hollywood to join Mel Gibson’s new non-woke film studio."

This post was flagged as part of Meta’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram.)

Representatives for Gibson didn’t respond to PolitiFact’s questions about his supposed "non-woke film studio," but his publicist told Reuters in April that such a studio doesn’t exist. 

Plus, this claim originated in May on a self-described satire site. 

Searching online news sources for credible reports to corroborate the fake claim, we found only other social media posts. Among Woods’ most recent social media posts: snaps from the 2024 Academy Awards, from which he cheered on Oscar wins for the movie "Oppenheimer." 

We couldn’t find evidence to support another similar claim that was recently poached from a fake news site: that X owner Elon Musk had invested $1 billion in Gibson and actor Mark Wahlberg’s "new non-woke production studio." 

We rate claims Woods left Hollywood for Gibson’s "non-woke" studio False.

 

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