‘Overcomer’ Star Cameron Arnett Refused to Do Nudity Years Ago, Chose Christ Over Hollywood

By Li Yen, Epoch Times
August 26, 2019 Updated: August 26, 2019

Hollywood actor Cameron Arnett, who starred in the film Overcomer, has acted in several movies in the 80s and 90s, such as Star Trek: The Next Generation (1991), Doogie Howser M.D. (1992), Miami Vice (1986), and Poison Ivy (1985).

Things were going well, and Arnett thought Hollywood “was going to be my path,” he said after a red-carpet premiere for Overcomer.

For the next two decades, however, Arnett has disappeared from the big screen. The reason? He left Hollywood simply because he refused to do a nude scene.

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Arnett recalled at the time, he auditioned and got the role, which would guarantee good money. “… They were happy [and] the money was going to be really nice. For the first time, things are happening,” he said, Christian Headlines reported.

But before he was to sign on to the film, they said to him: “Oh by the way. We need you to do partial body nudity.”

If Arnett agreed to do a nude scene, he could make it big in Hollywood; however, he chose to stay true to himself. As a Christian, he refused to do partial nudity as it was something that conflicted with his faith.

“And so it kind of like put a halt on everything. And I felt God tap me on the shoulder and say, ‘You know, it’s time to get out of the system,’” he said.

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Arnett declined the offer even when the film executives came up with a solution—a body double to do the scene.

The actor had to choose career or Christ, and he chose the latter, as a Bible verse came to his mind: “Abstain from all appearance of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:22). He told them couldn’t do it, and he ended up losing everything.

“I lost everything,” he said in a Facebook Live interview with Miami pastor Diego Calderon. “Agents left. Everybody left. Friends left. I was left behind by the world and by everything that I had.”

He became bankrupt and vanished from the big screen for the next two decades.

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Arnett, though, restarted his acting career with his wife’s encouragement, doing faith-based and family-friendly projects. He returned to mainstream Hollywood in 2019 with the release of films The Challenger Disaster and Overcomer.

In the Kendrick brothers film Overcomer, he depicts a dying diabetic, blind man, Thomas Hill, who helps a basketball coach find his identity in Christ.

“I think it’s… very timely that [it’s being released] now, because we have a need of getting people back to their Savior, to their Lord,” Arnett said.

تم النشر بواسطة ‏‎Overcomer Movie‎‏ في الجمعة، ٢٣ أغسطس ٢٠١٩

Arnett does not regret his decision to leave Hollywood two decades ago, and he feels fulfilled working on projects that aligned with his faith and principles.

“I have the ability to be myself everywhere and not compromise my standards,” he explained. “I am a Christian first,” he said. “I’m not an actor. I’m not a pastor. I am a son of God and I am a servant of God. That is my claim to fame.”

Here, he offered words of advice to others facing a similar dilemma. “Don’t lose your identity because of the lure of riches and fame,” he warned. “It’s a heavy price to pay.”

“There’s who you are, and then there’s what you do. And the what you do, should come out of who you are,” he added.

Watch the interview:

Chatting with Cameron Arnett / Cameron Arnett who stars in the new film Overcomer Movie

تم النشر بواسطة ‏‎Diego Calderón‎‏ في الجمعة، ٢٣ أغسطس ٢٠١٩

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