John Schneider is many things — an actor, an impressive singer, a director, and, like his new film, To Die For, he’s “intensely patriotic.” The Dukes of Hazzard star (who still makes GenX hearts melt) explained on Newsmax that when “woke” Hollywood refused to back his movie, he and his wife decided to make the pro-America film themselves.
The movie, written, directed by, and starring Schneider, is being independently distributed this week and tells the tale of Gunnery Seargeant Quint North, who flies the American flag from his truck in defiance of “the current PC world.”
The film comes with a word of caution from Schneider to all who watch it: “WARNING: This movie is intensely patriotic. If patriotism and love of country offend you in any way… watch this film… then move somewhere else.”
Newsmax anchor Chris Salcedo noted that Schneider managed to make To Die For in ten months with less than ten people on the film crew.
“Am I to assume woke Hollywood wouldn’t touch this pro-American film with a ten-foot pole?” Salcedo asked.
“[Hollywood] wouldn’t spend any money to develop it. They certainly wouldn’t film it, they wouldn’t distribute it,” Scheider responded. “But my wife and I are fiercely and unapologetically independent. So, we make our own content. We also distribute our own content.”
“Right now we are all in,” he stated. “If this movie doesn’t work, we lose everything.”
“But we’ve always been there,” he added. “You know, I believe, if you’re not all in, you’re out.”
The passion Schneider feels for this project is clear.
Looking at the movie poster, which features Schneider as North refusing to let Old Glory touch the ground, the actor got emotional.
“That is so inspired because he… will not let that flag touch the ground,” Scheider said.
“And folks, look that up. Look up, why,” he urged viewers. “I’m not going to tell you, it would take too long. Look up why we don’t let the flag touch the ground.”
According to 4 U.S. Code § 8, it’s more than just a matter of respect: “The flag should not be dipped to any person or thing.”
In other words, no one person, no woke cause, no political agenda supersedes the values and laws for which the United States of America stands.
“It’s so important that we educate folks,” Schneider said.
“Freedom of speech, freedom of peaceful assembly, peaceful assembly, we need to do that,” he stated. “We have been attacked. … Our likelihood of having a conversation like you and I are having right now has been… under attack for the last two years and not unintentionally. You know, this was not a mistake.”
“There’s a book called the Art of War,” he continued, “and I quoted it several times in this film, ‘to feature enemy with a borrowed sword.'”
“It’s where ‘divide and conquer’ comes from,” he explained. “So we have been divided and they think they are about to conquer. We must not let them.”
“The United States of America and that flag is truly the hope of the entire world,” he stated. “We are still the only truly free people on the planet, and we must not give that up.”
Earlier in the interview, Schneider questioned why so many conservatives are “timid” when it comes to challenging the “woke nonsense” from the left.
“People are afraid to go against [woke society],” he said. “I don’t understand that. I don’t understand why conservatives are timid when it comes to this.”
“My belief is that you can only be pushed so far,” Schneider stated, “and they have pushed us so far that we have got to do something.”
To Die For is available to stream from the film’s website.
You can watch the full interview with Schneider below:
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