The former model and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys actor, Kevin Sorbo, isn’t done dishing the dirt on Hercules spinoff series Xena: Warrior Princess. Sorbo is now taking pot-shots at Xena actor Lucy Lawless proving that, unlike the demi-god he used to play, he is not a nice guy.
Not satisfied with moaning about how Xena was made to be a female Hercules, Mr Sore Bones had a lot to say about Lucy Lawless, her relationship with Rob Tapert and how Sam Raimi owes him a part in one of his feature films. For those who don’t know, Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi were producers for both Xena and Hercules.
Lucy was given a small part in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man; in an interview with FilmStew, Sorbo claims it’s because she’s married to Rob Tapert. Nothing to do with her talent, hey Kev?
“I think Lucy got a small part in it because she’s married to Sam Raimi’s partner, Rob Tapert,” Sorbo tells FilmStew. “She started having an affair with him down in New Zealand. She left her husband, and he left his wife of 15 years. So that’s how that whole thing got together.”
“I busted my ass on Hercules, and during Season Five, I almost died doing it,” he continues. “I had an aneurism that exploded in my body that almost killed me. I think I’m a good enough actor that he can put me in a secondary part in one of his feature films. It would be nice if he did that.”
“I think he’s holding a grudge over me. He wanted me to do a movie back in ’96 when I decided to do Kull the Conqueror. He wanted me to do his movie, and quite frankly, the movie was horrible. If the movie was so great, let me ask you this, how come he never made it with somebody else?”
Sorbo proves that he’s not just bitter that Lucy got a part in Spider-Man and he didn’t but also that he’s happy to lie about specific details of her relationship. Lucy and her former husband Garth were divorced before Xena even got started. Sorbo wants to cheapen Lucy’s marriage to Tapert, and I find that hard to forgive.
After Hercules, Sorbo moved on to do Andromeda for five years. It doesn’t seem like his career is hurting, and yet, here he is, apparently begging for scraps from Sam Raimi’s table and throwing Lucy under the bus to boot. It’s pretty cringe-making. After his interview with SFX magazine, I already had doubts about this guy, but this one makes me want to stay away from anything he appears in.