[quote="OrdinaryMelkite, post:28, topic:267358"]
I totally understand that, Ed-------believe me, I do-------
But what if the role by necessity requires you to use profanity----in the sense that culturally and historically, profanity is called for for a character for "accuracy's sake?"
The movie deals with mafia people who usedo horrifying, evil things, all the whileusing profanity as verbs, adjectives, adverbs, etc. Including taking the Lord's name in vain.
It's like breathing for them-----second nature.
Now, would it REALLY be "realistic" for a movie about people like that to NOT have profanity in it?
Now, if one Christian does not want to take the Lord's name in vain in a movie, that's admirable and more power to them--------
But what about a Christian (particularly a Catholic) agreeing to do this movie----and to also to use profanity and the Lord's name in vain?
Is that person somehow a "lesser" Christian than the first?
Point to ponder..........................................
It's not about being a lesser Christian, it's all about the movie industry today. I have some insight into how Hollywood works and it's not just a job.
I have watched as more skin, more profanity and more sexual situations have been included in movies over the last 40 years. The same with Television. It was a gradual process and it continues to get worse.
Take the TV show Dexter. The main character is a serial killer. It is not a scholarly documentary - it is an invitation for viewers created by writers and producers who want the public to experience depictions of people about to be cut to pieces, like that episode where Dexter revs up a chain saw for one. No, we don't actually see limbs fly off but I suspect that's next. We can choose not to watch it, but, as Christians, we need to point out that the "entertainment" industry is pandering to darkness, to a literal culture of death.
I would counsel anyone who is thinking of becoming an actor in Hollywood to reconsider. That fame and fortune may come at the price of you being treated as a sex object or you being brutally beaten and raped - to all appearances, realistically - in a movie or portraying a rapist.
I'm talking about the entertainment value of acting in a movie that promotes atheism as a Catholic, or in other movies where the line between good and evil are no longer clearly defined. Take Dirty Harry, it was strange to see a police officer just blow people away because the "system" was no longer working as he thought it should. To entice them into giving him a reason to use "the most powerful handgun in the world."
I monitor the media as part of my job -- all media. The word dark is common to books, movies and even comic books. I look at Entertainment Weekly and my stomach turns when I see what is being considered entertainment today. Not all of it but most of it.
Toward the end of World War II, American combat cameramen went as a group to their superiors. They had filmed the dead of both sides, including those missing limbs or heads or cut in half from an exploding shell. They thought the public should see what war was really like. The government turned them down, saying it would lower morale in this country.
There is a lot to be said for the Motion Picture Production Code of 1930: