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Kim Coates On Appearing In ‘Battlefield Earth’

When you appear in 50-plus films and dozens of TV shows, not every one of them can be Academy-Award winners. In this clip, Kim Coates talks about what went down with Battlefield Earth, the movie version of the sci-fi novel by L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology.

He's on the show tonight, along with Olympic athlete Adam van Koeverden.

On his 'Battlefield' appearance:
Kim Coates:
I'm not a religious guy. I'm a spiritual guy, I think; I don't even know what I believe in, but I'm not religious. And I have to say when I walked into the meeting with [director] Roger Christian and the producers, the first question was, okay, so you know this isn't a Scientology movie, that's the first thing that was laid on the table and I said, no worries. I like the script; I hear Barry Pepper's doing it, I'm a big fan of his; Forest Whitaker, love him; and Travolta, who was one of the biggest stars of the time. We did it, and it didn't work. That wasn't from lack of trying, again. I just think the script was a tad weak.