Fighting for Souls in Hollywood

Background artist turned seminary student, Steve Cha, did the unforgiveable in Hollywood.

BY: Corine Gatti

 

Background artist turned seminary student, Steve Cha, did the unforgiveable in Hollywood.

After scenes from “Moneyball” concluded--this mild-mannered evangelist walked over to superstar actor Brad Pitt, giving him a million dollar bill with the celebrity’s face on the front. Pitt was perplexed—but cordial, as this was a ministry tract Cha attained from Living Water Ministries to witness to non-believers. An excerpt read: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." Then He rose from the dead and defeated death. Please, repent (turn from sin) today and trust in Jesus alone, and God will grant you the gift of everlasting life. Then read your Bible daily and obey it.”

A letter from his casting company followed days later.

Cha committed the cardinal sin. His casting company warned extras (background artist) not to approach main players, unless they initiate contact. After three years in Tinsel Town--Cha was blacklisted, losing his livelihood. He packed his bags and left the life he once had dreamy visions of as a child. Nonetheless, seeds were already planted. Cha witnessed to director Stephen Spielberg, along with actors Harrison Ford, Tori Spelling and Dan Aykroyd before saying goodbye to Los Angeles. He talked with Beliefnet about his journey and his memoir, Hollywood: Mission Possible.

You talk about witnessing to Brad Pitt. Tell us about that experience.

I worked on the movie “Moneyball and was called the day before. I was thinking in my mind “Who is on “Moneyball?” So when I went on IMDb to research, Brad Pitt’s name popped up and I’m like: “You got to be kidding?” I wanted to evangelize this guy because he came from a Baptist upbringing. His mother and father are very devout Christians. Somewhere down the line when he came into Hollywood, he fell away from his faith. So I decided to approach Brad at the end of the night. He was really in a rush to get out of there because of such a long workday and I’m assuming he just wanted to get home to Angelina and the kids. I chased after him—we were at the Sony studios. I met him outside at his golf cart and I just thanked him for having a wonderful day since I had conversations that day during the shoot, although, they were not about spiritual matters. It was kind of casual fun. It ended by giving him a gospel tract, one of those million dollar bills from the Living Waters Ministry/Way of the Master. At that moment, he was really shocked and didn’t know what it was--it had his face on it. Afterwards he left and I thought everything was great.

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