Jon Voight’s shopping living quarters in the Dallas area. He’ll be residing there while shooting is underway on Fox’s forthcoming “Lone Star” series, in which the Oscar-winning actor plays the patriarch of a powerful Texas oil family.
“I don’t really consider myself a Hollywood guy, but I’m very connected to a lot of the work and what goes on in this town, so it’s going to be a bit of a sacrifice not to be here in that sense – but the big sacrifice is, I won’t be so close to my grandchildren and Angie and my son James,” he tells us, referring, of course, to Angelina Jolie and her children with Brad Pitt, and to James Haven.
“It would be wonderful to think they could come down and visit, but I don’t know if they ever will do that. They get so much press every time they move it becomes impossible,” he adds. “You’d have to have a place that’s pretty secure.”
We caught up with Voight the other night at Fox’s “Lone Star” reception at the Boudoir at Coco de Ville in West Hollywood. The smart new show, debuting this fall, is about an incredibly charming, handsome and gifted young con man – James Wolk, who not only pulls it off in the pilot, but is getting likened to George Clooney – who has built two phony lives in two different cities, complete with a wife in one and a girlfriend in the other, while bilking business people of millions. Now he wants to go legit without losing anything, even as suspicions about him are running ever hotter.
Voight does plan to make visits back to L.A., but he knows he’ll be busy. He says of the series, “I took a look at it, and then I talked it over with my dearest friends and we decided that it might work out. I had done ‘24’ and it turned out to be very successful for me — the success was that I enjoyed it.
“Then I met the cast. It doesn’t come along that often that you meet a group of people you really care for immediately, and I did I came to care about each one of these kids very much,” says Voight. “Somehow we just all clicked and it was like it was just meant to be.”