I was reading this section in Wikipedia and I found it to be quite disturbing.
Here is just a little bit of it.
Excommunication of actors was both literal and metaphorical practice of demeaning the reputation of actors as individuals or of their profession as the actors as well as refusing to recognize them as the individuals deserving the benefits of the religious rites under the Catholic customs. Many bishops, priests, and monks have strongly condemned theatrical amusements, and they even declared the actors to be ‘instruments of Satan’, ‘a curse to the Church’, and ‘beguiling unstable souls’.:11 The Roman Catholic Church believed theatre caused people to “indulge themselves in amusements which its fascinations interfere with the prosecution of the serious work of daily life. Anything pleasing or appealing to the lower nature, the ‘sensual appetites,’ were considered as temptations as dictated in the Lord’s Prayer: ‘Lead us not into temptation,’”:38 which one must avoid in order to lead an ideal Christian life. One must eat and drink for strength and not for gluttony and drunkenness, rest and sleep to the glory of God and not to sink into indolence and sloth nor to become the masters instead of the servants of the body, and amusements are the most dangerous temptations and the worst impulses from :35 otherwise, "many Christians will relax their ordinary strictness “for the sake of the cause,” and that having once obtained a “taste of the nectar, they will continue to drink it”:66 The Church instead encouraged Christians to strive to please their neighbours for good edification rather than pleasing oneself.:43
I was also reading the Catholic Encyclopedia:
In 401 a Council of Carthage decided that plays ought not to take place on Sundays and feasts, and fulminated against actors being decoyed back to their old way of life (but cf. Cod. Theod., XV, vii, 13). Finally, the Council in Trullo in 692, for those that recognized it, condemned plays altogether, threatening degradation against all clerics and excommunication against the laity who assisted at the performances (Hefele-Leclereq, “Conciles,” I, 256, 283, 1032; II, 87, 89, 126, 471; III, 566, 569)
Does this mean it’s sinful to be an actor/participant in the theater/film?
I’m not talking about a “religious education” type of act either. I’m talking about something like Charlie Chaplan or something like that.