Okay, my brother is an theater major and he just got his first big part, he’s the title character. I was happy for him, really glad he got this opportunity. Then today he told me that he has to smoke for a scene. He said it was smoking but “not really smoking” as he is getting it in his mouth, but not actually inhaling it. (He told me first, hasn’t told Mom or Dad yet. ) I wasn’t happy. I didn’t condemn him or anything, I kept telling him, “it doesn’t have to be lit, does it?” “You don’t have to actually put it in your mouth, do you?” and he said yes, he does, part of what he has to do as an actor is to blow the smoke in somebody’s face for a “guy time smoking scene”. I’m still not happy. (I had already made plans to see it with a wonderful guy who’s asthmatic…another reason why I’m not happy. And yes, apparently smoking is allowed in this indoor theater.)
So, in an effort to tell him I still have serious misgivings about his smoking scene, I compared it to other stuff some actors do as part of their job. Like, sometimes their lines call for them to take God’s name in vain, or like in those R rated movies the actors…um… Anyway, this didn’t convince him, he said if you’re an actor, you’re not being yourself, you’re being the character for the role and so it’s not a sin since it’s the character doing it. I maintain that it is still a sin, and I told him, Show me where the church officially says you can do that as an actor. He said, show me where it says it’s still a sin.
So, I’m not sure where to look it up in the Catcheism, but please, I could use some help here…I have the Catechism, I also have the Bible (obviously) or I can message him the link via Facebook…I just need an obvious authority he can see for himself and not just what is relayed second hand, please :o
Thank you ever so much!