NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – From Hazzard County to Smallville, John Schneider’s career has taken him here, there and everywhere.
His latest film, the indie family drama “October Baby,” was a sleeper hit last spring – now it’s out on DVD.
Schneider stopped by The Couch to talk about the movie and its controversial message – and why the Duke boys are still so popular, all these years later.
October Baby, the story of a college student who discovers she is the adopted survivor of an abortion attempt, touches on a lot of hot button issues from a faith perspective.
Schneider, a proud Christian, has some thoughts on why the movie is so powerful.
“It’s not a preachy film at all, which I think is why it think it is so palatable for people that are not necessarily Christian folks or churchgoers.”
Rather, the movie simply puts a spotlight on an alternative to abortion: Adoption.
“It offers up a very interesting argument,” Schnieder said. “There’s so many people who want children and can’t have them..It’s hard for either side to argue that giving your baby up for adoption is a bad, immoral choice.”
The actor explains his personal connection to the issue.
“I have a granddaughter today because my wife, when she was 16-years-old, had a baby that she gave up for adoption,” Schneider said. “She could’ve easily had an abortion. She didn’t. Because of that we have Gianna, who is our first grandchild.”
As for the Dukes of Hazzard – why are the Duke boys still so popular today?
“I travel the country a lot,” Schneider said. “And I see that there are more people that live at the end of a dirt road today than there are people who live in cities…the lfiestyle and everything those people see, has not really changed much since 1979. So the Dukes of Hazzard…still is what the majority of the people in this country, if not the world, live. That’s how they live.”
For the complete interview, check out the video below.