Former Growing Pains star Kirk Cameron is hardcore. Well, hardcore Christian. Kirk is evangelical, and this morning was on the Today show to promote his upcoming movie “Fireproof.” In the course of the interview Kirk mentioned that he won’t ever kiss another woman besides his wife – he even has it written into his contract. Most directors expect (yet get a little frustrated with) certain nudity clauses and restrictions. But kissing? That’s got to be a first.
Christian actor Kirk Cameron forced movie bosses to cast his wife Chelsea as a smooching stand-in for his new film Fireproof, because he refused to kiss his onscreen wife.
In the movie, Cameron plays a firefighter battling to save his marriage to his wife, played by Erin Bethea. However the 37 year old had made a vow to Chelsea – his wife of 17 years and the mother of his six children – that he would never kiss another woman on or off-screen, so she was brought onto the set for a romantic scene.
Cameron, a partner in evangelical Christian ministry The Way of the Master, explains, “In Fireproof, there is a romantic and touching scene where he (character) kisses his wife. Because I have a commitment not to kiss any other woman, my wife Chelsea came in to the set and wore the dress my character’s wife wore. We shot the scene in silhouette, so when I kiss my wife, I’m actually kissing my wife and honoring our marriage.”
“It’s a personal commitment I have made to my wife.”
That’s sweet… and extreme… but still sorta sweet… in its way, I guess. I don’t know how I feel about this. It’s pretty easy to mock and tease about it. And I’m not sure how professional it is, and if directors and costars could legitimately consider Cameron a pain in the ass for it. But he’s really only talking about it in the context of his commitment to his wife, and every couple figures out what that means to them. I guess in this particular marriage, there are no exceptions for work-related smooches. It’s extreme, but it also shows a lot of dedication, even when it’s not convenient.
But it’s still probably annoying as hell for everyone else.
Header photom of Kirk at the Movieguide Awards in 2007; thanks to WENN.