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Lord of the Rings Actor, Sean Astin: Christians Make Things Difficult for Themselves in Hollywood
Christian Post ^ | 05/13/2014 | Morgan Lee

Posted on 05/13/2014 7:44:49 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Known best for his role as Sam in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Christian actor and current star of the recently released Moms' Night Out, Sean Astin said part of Christians' frustrations with the film industry may be their own fault.

"Hollywood is antagonistic to Christian films because of forces that are hard to describe, but Christians have made things difficult for themselves by the way they approach the outside community," Astin told Fox411, adding that studios needed to ignore those "who grab the microphones and yell the loudest."

Astin, who has starred in two Christian films, said that Hollywood should not miss out on how smaller film companies were finding success in producing faith-related movies.

"The Christian ground game is presently revolutionizing marketing in filmmaking," he said. "It's not a subtle thing, and it's a great thing and it's not owned by the Christians. They are just getting there first because they're tired of not being able to get their product into a wide marketplace."

Astin, the son of John Astin and actress Patty Duke, who were Buddhist and Catholic respectively, began exploring Christianity after a conversation with his Jewish birth father.

"He said something interesting at one point when we were leading a somewhat agnostic existence. He just said, 'pick something.' We said, 'What do you mean?' I assumed that he meant pick Judaism. He said, 'Judaism, Christianity, Hindu, Muslim,' he goes 'you need community. Pick something and stick with it.' So, I think we arrived at a Christian posture," said Astin, according to Beliefnet.

Prior to finding his current faith, Astin says he begged his adopted father to let him become Catholic but he would not allow it and always imparted his Buddhist beliefs in him, leading Astin to study the religion in depth at one point. Now he and his family attend a church in the Midwest where he practices Christianity.

Astin also told Fox News that despite the fact that he has taken roles in Christian movies, he has no interest in being typecast to a particular genre.

"I guess I never wanted to declare a team because I wouldn't have wanted any of the other teams to invite me to their party," Astin said. "I'm a wildcard, they can't figure me out."

Earlier this year, Catholic actress and Astin's Moms' Night Out costar, Patricia Heaton claimed that Hollywood often pejoratively stereotypes Christians, rather than portraying them as real people.

"You know, my older sister is a Dominican nun, and nuns are always portrayed as weird, sexually repressed, old maids who are bitter. Listen, I went to Catholic school, there are a few of those, but the Dominican sisters that I know are lovely, lovely ladies," Heaton told The Blaze. "So I think there has been this idea out there and the media kind of runs with it, portrays Christians as bad guys."

Moms' Night Out opened on May 9, earning $4.2 million and finishing in seventh place overall for the weekend. Neighbors, starring Zac Efron and Seth Rogan finished atop the box office with a $51 million opening.


TOPICS: Religion; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: christians; hollywood; movies; seanastin

1 posted on 05/13/2014 7:44:49 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Words regarding repentance and faith tend to rub everybody the wrong way. Why is that?


2 posted on 05/13/2014 7:47:17 AM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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To: SeekAndFind

Been a fan of Sean since he was in the goonies when I was a kid..


3 posted on 05/13/2014 7:48:50 AM PDT by crazydad (Obamamohamed is a traitor)
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To: Fester Chugabrew

It’s hard for me to see how “Convert or die” could be more appealing.


4 posted on 05/13/2014 7:48:53 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: SeekAndFind
studios needed to ignore those "who grab the microphones and yell the loudest"

Like the Gay Mafia.

5 posted on 05/13/2014 7:51:05 AM PDT by AU72
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To: Olog-hai

We were born dead. The message is convert and live.

We don’t risk judgement. We have all been judged and found wanting.


6 posted on 05/13/2014 7:54:32 AM PDT by dangerdoc
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To: SeekAndFind

If you get a chance, see Amazing Love with Sean Astin.


7 posted on 05/13/2014 7:54:36 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: AU72

Yep, that came to my mind too. Homosexuals activists are grabbing the mike and shouting us all down, far more than any Christian activists.


8 posted on 05/13/2014 7:56:15 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: SeekAndFind

but Hollywood under Islam would be a death sentence to all


9 posted on 05/13/2014 7:57:23 AM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: SeekAndFind
Hollywood often pejoratively stereotypes Christians

If by "often" she means 99.5% of the time....

10 posted on 05/13/2014 7:57:24 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Olog-hai

Convert or be blacklisted!


11 posted on 05/13/2014 7:57:30 AM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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To: SeekAndFind

Interesting comments. I wish he’d expound more on what he means.


12 posted on 05/13/2014 8:02:01 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: AU72

And Sean Austin.


13 posted on 05/13/2014 8:02:32 AM PDT by jmacusa
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To: SeekAndFind

Didn’t know this about him. Makes sense he’d star in LOTR though, since Tolkein’s story has Christian undertones.


14 posted on 05/13/2014 8:14:02 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Fester Chugabrew
Words regarding repentance and faith tend to rub everybody the wrong way. Why is that?

Exactly. John15:18 - Christ called it two thousand years ago.

If Christians are making it harder for themselves it is simply by virtue of who they've chosen to follow.

15 posted on 05/13/2014 8:20:33 AM PDT by skeeter
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16 posted on 05/13/2014 8:20:59 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: SeekAndFind
...studios needed to ignore those "who grab the microphones and yell the loudest."

This comment here tells me that Astin is wholly disingenuous. Does this mean that Hollywood should ignore the homosexual movement or the pedophiles? Yeah, that's what I thought.

Those unknown forces Astin references? They are not unknown forces.

17 posted on 05/13/2014 8:21:41 AM PDT by Obadiah (Always remember that you're unique. Just like everyone else.)
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To: sportutegrl

Loved that movie! What a beautiful depiction of Hosea, and we did appreciate the commentary from Sean Astins camp counselor character. We (hubby and I) would love to see more of these kind of movies. Maybe he could do a series! :)


18 posted on 05/13/2014 8:22:42 AM PDT by karatemom
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To: SeekAndFind

Assumed a Christian Posture.

What does that mean? Not to nitpick, but Jesus didn’t ask his followers to assume a Christian posture.


19 posted on 05/13/2014 8:29:58 AM PDT by lurk
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To: Viennacon
...Tolkein’s story has Christian undertones.

More than just undertones. Tolkien was an ardent, deeply convinced Catholic and said that the books were explicitly Catholic in theme and typology. Unconsciously to begin with, he said, but deliberately as he went on.

20 posted on 05/13/2014 8:31:16 AM PDT by ottbmare (the OTTB mare, now a proud Marine Mom)
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To: SeekAndFind

He can’t totally say the truth because he would never get another role.


21 posted on 05/13/2014 8:33:36 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Fester Chugabrew

Words regarding repentance and faith tend to rub everybody the wrong way. Why is that?
....................................................

“…men loved darkness rather than light.” John 3.19


22 posted on 05/13/2014 8:35:26 AM PDT by bramps (Go West America!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Astin, the son of John Astin and actress Patty Duke, who were Buddhist and Catholic respectively, began exploring Christianity after a conversation with his Jewish birth father. "He said something interesting at one point when we were leading a somewhat agnostic existence. He just said, 'pick something.' We said, 'What do you mean?' I assumed that he meant pick Judaism. He said, 'Judaism, Christianity, Hindu, Muslim,' he goes 'you need community. Pick something and stick with it.' So, I think we arrived at a Christian posture," said Astin, according to Beliefnet.

Prior to finding his current faith, Astin says he begged his adopted father to let him become Catholic but he would not allow it and always imparted his Buddhist beliefs in him, leading Astin to study the religion in depth at one point. Now he and his family attend a church in the Midwest where he practices Christianity.

PFL

23 posted on 05/13/2014 8:38:43 AM PDT by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: SeekAndFind

His dad starred in a great movie, that weapons oriented guys will like and relate to.

“Evil Roy Slade”
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067072/


24 posted on 05/13/2014 8:42:23 AM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: SeekAndFind
He just said, 'pick something.'

Mr. Astin is very fortunate that his number did not land on "Islam" when he played Wheel Of Faiths.


25 posted on 05/13/2014 8:47:02 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SeekAndFind

Its really complicated.

Hollywood is disproportionately managed by folks who detest Christians more than anything

Literally.

They let their true feelings run things once it became clear America would barely resist.

The old bosses would have never dreamed of antagonizing their fan base.

I could write a book on this.

Atheist Jews are biggest block....they don yarmulkes at holy days and have mitzvahs but that’s it....a fraternity of humanism....the biggest group by far....and they hate traditional America as one big crime against humanity...the pogrom that just keeps on giving in their eyes

There’s no business like bash Christians and flyover America business

Homosexuals second.....huge influence these days and overlaps with first group frequently....half of Disneys executive committee is homosexual...unbelievable

Atheists period third......libtards of course...from everywhere.

Feel good non scripture based Christians third.....the ones the other groups low to play in the sandbox....collaborators

Almost no conservative Christians.

This description also works for media as well.


26 posted on 05/13/2014 8:51:19 AM PDT by wardaddy (we will not take back our way of life through peaceful means.....i have 5 kids....i fear for them)
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To: bramps; skeeter; MrB

Indeed. When biblical texts and ideas are spoken in public and in accord with the Truth the reaction is visceral. Ephesians 6:12 tends to play out. The purpose and effect of Christ’s redemption extends to all of creation, the Word being a two-edged sword that cuts to the quick. No one really “wants” to be crucified, so these things are spoken as men believe and are moved by the Holy Spirit to speak the “good confession,” that God is in Christ reconciling the world to Himself. “Blessed are you . . . for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father.” This is way more substantial and potent than anything Hollywood will ever produce with all their mimicry.


27 posted on 05/13/2014 8:57:51 AM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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To: SeekAndFind

Someone told me the other night that Mom’s Night Out was a very good movie and they wanted to see it again because it was so fast paced they are sure that they missed some of the gags.


28 posted on 05/13/2014 9:47:10 AM PDT by Controlling Legal Authority
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To: Viennacon

Also. Rudy


29 posted on 05/13/2014 10:26:56 AM PDT by BubbaJunebug
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To: ottbmare; Viennacon

Lewis and Tolkien Debate Myths and Lies

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzBT39gx-TE


30 posted on 05/13/2014 10:23:26 PM PDT by Pelham (If you do not deport it is amnesty by default.)
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