“Reacher” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” star Alan Ritchson talked about being a Christian in Hollywood and said it’s important that faith-based films are supported, calling movie theaters a new “pulpit.”
The 40-year-old actor has been involved in the entertainment industry for the last 19 years and said he definitely wants to be “part of stories” that honor Christ, Christian Headlines reported.
Ritchson admitted that some studio executives are only focused on the bottom line but said that doesn’t make it any less important that faith-based films like his upcoming film “Ordinary Angels” and the surprise hit movie “Jesus Revolution” get in theaters.
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He said it “doesn’t change the fact that people are hearing the name of Christ in movie theaters.”
“And if that’s where the pulpit is for people who wouldn’t normally step foot in a church, then that’s still a great way to have that conversation,” he added. “It matters that these films get supported.”
The “Reacher” star said when Christians support faith-based movies it sends an important message to Hollywood.
“Other people in [Hollywood] watch this and a groundswell kind of takes place in Hollywood that changes things in a real meaningful way,” Ritchson told the outlet.
Speaking about his upcoming faith-based movie “Ordinary Angels,” Ritchson recently said his movie is a story about how God uses “broken” people and those who don’t look like the “perfect Christian” to do His work, the outlet noted.
“God continually shows up in our world in a way that kind of boggles our mind,” Ritchson said. “Because we, for whatever reason, I think we continue to buy into the idea that … God chooses heroes to do His work. And it’s just never been the case.”
“It’s the broken and the dysfunctional that God proves His power and strength through,” he added. “And this a story of that, too. It’s important that we remember that those who maybe struggle to follow the rules, who don’t look like the perfect Christians, who are the broken, are the people that God has a funny way of expressing Himself through. And that story is very much told in Ordinary Angels.”
“Ordinary Angels” is set to hit theaters Oct. 13.