Good news if you like crazy Nicolas Cage: You're probably about to see him at his absolute craziest in the reboot of the Left Behind series (whose previous biggest star was also-crazy Kirk Cameron). And this time it's not even (completely) his fault. The source material he's working with is, in technical terms, a disaster of biblical proportions. (Get it?)
5 The Writers Are the Equivalent of Pat Robertson on Steroids
Before we even get into the madness of the Left Behind series, let's start with the engine that got it going, Reverend Tim LaHaye. This guy isn't just some hack fantasy writer coming out of nowhere; he's a CRAZY hack fantasy writer coming out of CRAZYTOWN. In the 1970s, the reverend and his wife wrote a whole book about how sex works, complete with worksheets to track your Kegel exercises.
Unfortunately, reading this book is the third leading cause of vaginismus.
LaHaye is also a self-described expert on the Illuminati, a group that he's convinced is conspiring to use every tool in their well-organized arsenal to destroy Christianity. That's not the plot of his books; that's how he thinks the real world operates. And those beliefs have fueled books that have sold 63 MILLION COPIES.[inject-module]
So what's all the hubbub about? If you're not familiar with LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins' Left Behind series, here's a quick recap: Throughout the Bible, different writers made vague allusions to insane fever dreams and visions they were having. While some historians interpreted those passages to reflect the political climate of their eras, certain groups of modern Christians interpret them as actual prophesies that are going to come true in the future. It's like revisiting a 1960s Bob Dylan song and hedging your future bets on those lyrics coming true. Then making a movie about them starring Nic Cage.
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"God has left us on our own, with no direction home. Like complete unknowns; like rolling stones."