During his sermon Keanu Reeves in The Devil’s Advocate claims God only created ‘one man among many’. And Winona Ryder gave birth to two
In the 1995 Hollywood thriller The Devil’s Advocate, Keanu Reeves is introduced to a preacher played by Jeremy Irons.
Irons tells the audience that God only created “one man among many”, that success is a privilege, and that the rich are as evil as the poor.
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On the subject of the mafia, the younger man tells the congregation: “Dying a dying. It is not what kills you. It is being hurt by or poor in relation to what’s left standing. Because that is your only hope. If the family of a dying mob lord, who did not give the promised inheritance, told you about the afterlife, you would die in a fit of fury over their betrayal.”
Behind the Rev Irons’s back, however, a modern take on the sermon appeared on the big screen, though it was not to everyone’s taste. In an Australian documentary, Winona Ryder was asked to describe her experience at watching the unlikely sermon, and explained that she was “attracted” by the film’s final scene. “It is in, like, a deer crouching in a field under an oak tree. A lot of that scene is kind of what happened,” she said.
Ryder added that she watched the scene with “a small group of friends”. After seeing it, she went to a bar “with friends to drink beer and celebrate”.
In The Devil’s Advocate, Reeves’s Robert Israel represents the mafia as a lawyer for the defence. As the pastor, Irons’s Gregory Peck suggests, by telling his congregation that the rich and the poor are born unequal, and there is nothing anyone can do about it.
In the statement published alongside her Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Janice Trammel in Beetlejuice in 1988, Winona Ryder made an implicit religious reference. She told fans she had not gotten into acting to make money. “I would like to get back to being a young mother with nothing to do and very unhappy,” she said.
As an actor, Ryder was nominated twice for Oscars – for Six Feet Under in 2000 and for Big Fish in 2003.
In 2007, the singer Avril Lavigne reached the end of her rope when she attacked a paparazzo. But the bizarre twist to the story was that it took place inside the Rolling Stones’ dressing room backstage at the V Festival. The photographer in question, Braden Scullin, claimed he had confronted Lavigne and objected to an uncharacteristically long comment.
The Stones watched Lavigne struggle with her response and are reported to have joined in to point out to Lavigne that she was on stage and could hide behind the dressing room wall. After spending nearly 10 minutes trying to restrain Lavigne, the photographer decided to try to flee through the kitchen door and into the same crowd Lavigne was in.