It’s rare that a film with a staunch conservative angle gets a lot of attention, especially a conservative film about abortion. But Roe v. Wade — an anti-choice movie by Nick Loeb — has been making headlines since day one because the production seems to be in absolute free fall. Regardless of the content of the film, the stories coming out of the production are 100% bananas. Crew members are quitting left and right, they're getting kicked out of locations, and the script is straight up bonkers.
What we know about the Roe v. Wade movie mostly comes from either The Daily Beast, who managed to track down the film’s script, and Loeb himself. The film's writer, co-director, and producer has given several brief interviews to The Hollywood Reporter in an apparent effort to perform damage control for his anti-abortion film. Despite where you stand on the issue of a woman’s right to choose what she does with her body, you’ll want to hear these behind-the-scenes stories from the chaotic production of Roe v. Wade.
If the name Nick Loeb doesn't immediately ring a bell, that's because he's not actually known for being a writer/producer. He's the son of the former US Ambassador to Denmark, and he created the condiment Loeb's Onion Crunch, but he's best known for his longstanding lawsuit with former fiancée Sofia Vergara over the custody of a set of frozen embryos.
In 2015, after the couple split, Loeb filed a custody lawsuit against Vergara, claiming that she wanted the embryos destroyed and, because they'd been created with his sperm, that he had a right to them. The lawsuit was thrown out in California, but was picked back up in Louisiana, where Loeb listed the embryos as plaintiffs under the names "Emma" and "Isabella."
But his latest project is filmmaking. Loeb told The Washington Post that his film is "balanced." However, the GoFundMe and Indiegogo pages for the film describe it as "the untold story of how people lied, how the media lied, and how the courts were manipulated to pass a law that has since killed over 60 million Americans.”
You might think it would be hard to book big-name actors for minor roles in a low-budget film. But somehow the producers of Roe v. Wade were able to snag Jon Voight to play a Supreme Court Justice; Clueless star Stacey Dash as Mildred Jefferson, founder of the National Right to Life Committee; and Joey Lawrence, Jamie Kennedy, William Forsythe, and Steve Guttenberg.
As if those actors weren't enough, conservative pundits Tomi Lahren and Milo Yiannopoulos also reportedly appear in the film. According to The Daily Beast, Yiannopoulos plays "Dr. Sopher," a character who giggles incessantly and performs 32 abortions in one day.
It's rare that actors will sign onto a film without being allowed to read the full script, unless the film is tied to someone legendary. However, Roe v. Wade was able to put an impressive cast together without allowing many people to read the entire script. Two actors cast in the film, Kevin Sorbo and Steven Baldwin, both allegedly dropped out once they read the full piece.
One anonymous crew member described reading the opening of the script: "When I read the first two pages, I was like what the f*ck is this?”
Multiple outlets have reported crew members dropping from the movie when they realized what they were working on. The Hollywood Reporter wrote that the film's location manager, quit after writing an email to the production that read:
I have been doing research on the movie trying to figure out who is producing and what the gist of the story is, and I finally found it, and so I am withdrawing from this project. I am a staunch pro-abortion feminist activist, and I will not be party to such horrible propaganda.
Nick Loeb claimed while filming near Tulane University, a woman working on the set approached him and asked if he was the director. Loeb explained, "When I told her I was, she told me to go f*ck myself. Then she threw her headset on the ground and walked off. I found out later she was our electrician."