Trace Adkins and Susan Sarandon will be the yr’s oddest on-screen couple.

Adkins, he of the towering body and booming voice, is a curious match for Sarandon’s ageless magnificence and Hollywood appeal.

Tell that to the present’s viewers.

Fox’s “Monarch” is a success, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Adkins performs Albie Roman, a veteran nation crooner married to fellow singer Dottie Cantrell. Together, they’re nation music royalty, however their fame is constructed on a foundational lie.

The two have another excuse to be a poor match, no less than on paper. Sarandon is a rock-ribbed progressive, whereas Adkins doesn’t cover his conservative views. He even carried out the National Anthem on the 2020 Republican National Convention.

Oil and water on, and off, the “Monarch” set? Hardly.

Adkins opened as much as Bill Maher on the comic’s HBO perch about their skilled pairing. Turns out they get alongside simply effective, and there’s a secret to their camaraderie.

Don’t discuss politics.

“There had been no points. We went to work, and we did our work, and we stayed away from all the pieces else.”

And it appears like he made certain that coverage caught.

“A few instances possibly a present occasion or one thing would occur that morning, and she or he’d be watching the information, and she or he’d say one thing to me about it. But it was very temporary, and we simply didn’t go there. We simply stayed away from it. What’s the purpose?”

It’s heartening to listen to, each from a cultural viewpoint and realizing how conservatives are handled in Hollywood. Many face Blacklist-like punishments

for not singing from the progressive hymnal.

Sarandon, to her credit score, pushed all that apart. Others aren’t so desperate to do the identical. “Will & Grace” stars Debra Messing and Eric McCormack recommended they’d rather not work alongside President Donald Trump supporters earlier than they publicly backpedaled from that declare.

It’s why the Adkins/Sarandon pairing gives hope.

It’s just like how “Ray Donovan” stars Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight dealt with their mismatched political opinions.


Schreiber is liberal whereas the Oscar-winning Voight is overtly conservative. They labored superbly collectively for seven-plus seasons on the Showtime sequence with out a kerfuffle.


They followed Adkins’ approach to on-set conversations.

“Jon and I made an settlement years in the past to only by no means speak about politics … It’s simply one thing that we don’t need within the workspace. We don’t need that. Our jobs are troublesome sufficient as they’re with out all the opposite nonsense coming into it. So, for that temporary time that we’re working collectively, we simply don’t do it.”

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