An American actor starring in Fireproof, a new film affirming the importance of marriage, says he won’t kiss female co-stars because of his commitment to his wife.
Kirk Cameron told interviewers on MSNBC’s Today programme that the film’s kissing scene was shot in silhouette, so that his wife could stand in for his co-star. “I have a commitment not to kiss any other woman”, he said.
In Fireproof, Mr Cameron plays a fireman, Caleb, whose marriage is disintegrating. Rather than pursuing a divorce, Caleb is challenged to win his wife back by learning to love her unconditionally.
Mr Cameron is an evangelical Christian, and the film deliberately seeks to convey a clear Christian message about marriage.
It was produced by Sherwood Baptist Church in Georgia as an antidote to Hollywood’s portrayal of relationships.
Mr Cameron said: “The reason this movie was important to me personally is because I love my wife dearly.
“We’ve been married for 17 years … and we have six children. So marriage is a very special and sacred thing to us.
“In a day and age where marriage is falling apart, we want to make movies and projects that really uphold and have a high view of that which is beautiful and wonderful in our culture.”
The film cost $500,000 (just under £277,000) to make. Fireproof has been showing on just 839 screens in America in the past few days, but has already taken over $2m (£1.1m) in receipts.
At present, the film is not scheduled for a UK release.