The Utter Depravity of Hollywood
I don't quite understand why such stories hold interest, but lurid stories from the hellhole of Hollywood culture leaked out all last week. Whether it was Ralph Fiennes' lustfest with a flight attendant, or Brittany Spears cutting off her hair, or Anna Nicole Smith's disgusting legacy as a dozen men clamor for the honor of being the father of Anna's illegitimate child. As I am currently in the midst of reading Victor Hugo's Les Miserables, a quote I read the other night came to mind:
"Women play with their beauty as children do with their knives. They wound themselves with it."
I don't know what about these stories holds the interest of the American public. There are entire magazines, tabloids, websites and TV channels devoted to empty souls of these great pretenders. Often times, the fact that anyone can pretend to be something so true and noble and virtuous and then represent, embody and parade their sins before others is disgusting.
- Ralph Fiennes played Jesus for a 2000 claymation film entitled "The Miracle Maker".
- Jim Caviezel did a great job portraying Jesus for The Passion of the Christ, but has appeared in other R-rated films that, according to reviews, deserve to be R-rated.
- Mel Gibson, creator of the film, has appeared in PG-13 romantic comedies with a lot of sexual humor and dialogue.
- Openly gay actor Chad Allen portrayed the Christian missionary Nate Saint in the film End of the Spear.
- Viggo Mortenson portrayed the heroic king, the hardened warrior Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. In the film, the character recognized the need for war, to fight against "a destroyer who would devour all." He later made an appearance with renown anti-war loudmouth Michael Moore, denouncing the war effort in Iraq.
- Liam Neeson portrays the beloved lion Aslan in the Chronicles of Narnia. He's done excellent jobs with other roles such as Ducard in Batman Begins and (from what I've seen) his role in the Star Wars film. In fact, Neeson's first role was as "The Evangelist" in a somewhat low-budget film adaptation of John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress. But Neeson also chose to portray the infamous sex researcher Alfred Kinsey in a sex-soaked R-rated film Kinsey.
- Keisha Castle-Hughes portrayed the epitome of virginity, Mary, in The Nativity Story. News surrounding the release of the film revealed that the actress herself was pregnant out of wedlock.
- Ben Affleck played Joseph for the Dreamworks animated film Joseph, King of Dreams. His reputation needs no elaboration.
What IS it with these people? It is incomprehensible to me that these people are such talented phonies, they can portray a character beloved, and in some cases revered, by millions, and then turn around and defy those very principles with the next role.
No wonder there is such fakery and falsehood in Hollywood. These people don't know how to be real. They are forced into a paradigm of loose lips and sinking ships, of immorality, backstabbing, drugs, partying, alcohol and love-'em-shove-'em relationships. Most innocent children going in are quickly warped into the Hollywood mould, such as the child actress Dakota Fanning, a sort-of modern day Hayley Mills, who has appeared in films like Dreamer and Charlotte's Web. The Hollywood pressure takes hold; she appeared in a film which portrays the rape of the character she plays.
"Things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but woe to that person through whom they come. It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin." - Luke 17:1-2