Kirk Cameron Video Interview On 'Fireproof,' 'Growing Pains'
Kirk Cameron, star of the hit movie Fireproof, and, oh yeah, Growing Pains, answers your questions.
- Q: Hi, Kirk, I heard that your real wife substitute for the actress for the actress that played your wife in Fireproof. I wanted to know why you did that and how it worked? - Tanya, New York City
- A: Tanya, I have a bit of an unusual standard that I have in my life and that is, I’ve promised my wife that I would not kiss any other woman than her. So, as an actor, that may present a few roles that I may not be able to get. In this movie Fireproof, there was a very touching and romantic scene, and in order to honor my own marriage vows and do a movie that honors marriage, [my wife] Chelsea and I worked out an arrangement with the producers for her to fly to the set. She wore the dress that the actress in the movie wore. We shot the scene in silhouette, and we were able to have a touching romantic kiss and honor our own marriage at the same time.
- Q: So many child actors are screwed up but you turned out so well. What do you attribute that to? - Micah, Boston
- A: Micah, turning out well is a relative concept. I think I understand your question, and what you are really asking is, why didn’t you turn out to be crack smoking transvestite in drug rehab like so many other people your age? Well, that’s a good question and if I had to point to something I would say that my mom and dad taught us basic values of sticking together as a family and doing the right thing. When I was about 18 years old, I realized the right thing was that I was given a lot more than I deserve. People work harder than I do and have less…
- Q: You say you pick your roles based on moral beliefs. What was the message you saw in Fireproof? - Tanya, New York City - Uinterview User
- A: When I read the script for Fireproof, I was already predisposed to liking it because it was from the creators of a movie called Facing the Giants. Fireproof is a story about marriage. It's a story about a firefighter who rescues people when their house is going up in flames, but he's letting his own marriage burn to the ground. It's a story about a father who takes his son under his wing and teaches him what true unconditional love is and how to rescue the heart of his wife.
- Q: You grew up on Growing Pains in front of the whole country. Was it hard to grow up like that? - Micah, Boston - MicahD
- A: Micah, I'm not sure how old you are but at 15-years-old you don't want anybody looking at you. Your skin is all going crazy, everything about you is just so awkward as a teenager, at least it was for me. To have the whole world looking at you is pretty difficult. And then to have your face plastered on magazines and everything else is very very challenging. So the answer to your question is yes. It's a difficult time so I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. I would say that if my kids ever wanted to get into the industry and be on television I'd say, 'Hey guys, wait 'til you get through school. Wait 'til you're a little bit older. If it's a career you want to pursue, I'll help you.'
- Q: Do you sometimes feel out of place in Hollywood given your strong Christian beliefs? - Josh, Los Angeles - Uinterview User
- A: I learned that about 17 or 18 years old that fame and stardom and money are all fleeting. It's all gonna fly away like the wind. In fact, we're seeing now with the economic downturn now. The things that I've decided to build my life on are my family and my faith. As long as I can continue paying my bills as an actor, I'll go ahead and do that. The projects that I'll choose will be based on and fit into the value system that I've put in place for my life. For instance, I'm not going to do anything in my life professionally or personally that's going to hurt my wife or intentionally hurt my children. As an actor I have the same standard. I want to do stuff that's going to have a positive affect on my family and on yours.
- Q: Can you tell us about your experience making the Left Behind series? - Amy, West Virginia - Uinterview User
- A: I'm grateful for the Left Behind movies, for the chance to be involved in the making of movies of books that were so very popular, but to tell you the truth, Fireproof is probably one of the most important movies that I've made. Not only as an actor and career-wise but just because of the impact that it's having around the country right now. There's a message of faith, a message of hope, a message of love. The story is so well told by the writers of this script that I'd have to say it's probably my favorite of all the movies I have done.
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