What are atheist celebrities in Hollywood and Bollywood? Have you heard the names of famous atheists? What is their opinion about religion? Check out this article to know all about the famous atheists!
Faith in God is the topic, which is usually not discussed at family gatherings and parties, and there is a good reason: this question is as delicate as a politician one, and can cause emotional storm faster than you can shout ‘Amen!’ That’s why the conversations between believers and atheists are always extremely hot. No matter they are so-called ‘celebrities atheist’ and believers or simple people.
As for the celebrities and stars, in addition to the interviews, the only time when people refer to God in their speech is the receiving awards in which they mention that God has helped them to see the light, which has helped them to win the award.
Most movie stars are atheists, but many of them prefer not to deal with this issue. Actors, who are atheists, can be found in totally different genres: from dramatic actors playing Shakespeare's plays to different types of comedy actors. Actor-atheists are people of all ages and ethnicities, and they all have a number of reasons to substantiate their point of view. There are plenty of celebrities who are openly atheist.
10 atheist celebrities in Hollywood:
Since his key role in the film ‘Free’ has made him the center of attention of the public, Bacon entertain his fans, showing excellent acting skills in such films as ‘A Few Good Men’, ‘John F. Kennedy. Shots in Dallas’ and recently released ‘Followers’. Despite that he has been married for about 25 years with a practitioner of Judaism Kyra Sedgwick, Bacon confirmed that he had no belief in God, so in an interview for ‘The Times’ in 2005, adding that he was not against religion as such but was a staunch supporter of the immidiate separation of church and the state.
The most memorable role of Javier Bardem was the role in the 2007 film titled ‘No place for old men’. In Spain, the actor was raised in the Catholic family. According to his opinion, the death of his father opened his eyes to religion and he became an atheist. Bardem said that his father's death and the awareness of the fact that religion was simply a method to come to different terms with the mortality of man ‘made him suddenly to see the light’, and he has never returned to religion ever after.
Despite the fact that Black rarely goes beyond his usual role and unique talent makes everyone laugh in movies such as ‘Kung Fu Panda’, ‘Fanatic’, actor, musician, voice actor can talk on a very serious subject. He was brought up (you may wonder) in a Jewish family, but said that he became an atheist at the beginning of his film career. However, when his two sons were born first in 2006 and second in 2008, he decided to raise kids in the Jewish faith, even he began to attend synagogue with them sometimes .
Extremely charming Jodie Foster became an atheist at an early age, but never refused to celebrate religious holidays. She notes any occasion, from Christmas to Hanukkah. It makes her a welcomed guest at many family gatherings. Eventually, when her kids ask her whether she is a Catholic, a Jewess, and so on, she always replies: ‘I am an atheist, but you can choose what to believe in when you're 18 years old’. Wisdom, which all parents should have.
Freeman is not just one of the most popular and beloved actors of all time, also his range of different roles affects. He played quite a variety of interesting characters from the chauffeur in ‘Chauffeur of Miss Daisy’ to God in the movie ‘Bruce Almighty’. Freeman explains his views in an extremely simple way: he does not believe in God, the reason: he does not see any hard evidence of his existence. Instead, Freeman says he believes in science. He said: ‘We, people, take for granted a lot of the things talking about in science. We put forward the theory and yet it has not been refuted, we believe that this is true. If the data is proved, it is true as long as the issue is proved that it is not true’
Gervais, a stunning British actor, writer, comedian and radio host, said he lost his faith when he was 8 years and since then he is an atheist. Ricky is one of the most famous atheist celebrities UK. His career includes success in large and small movies, as in the animation, and in conventional films. Gervais has been just nominated for an Emmy Award for his television series, ‘Derek’, broadcast on Netflix channel. When he was asked how he became an atheist, Ricky said: ‘I still give a logical answer, because I believe that cheating would be derogatory and rude, I do not believe in God, because there is absolutely no scientific evidence of his existence and according to what I have heard - this concept is a logicaly impossibile in the universe’.
Fully corresponding to her scandalous performances, Griffin has described herself as ‘a convinced and militant atheist’. She has caused anger among Christians of all areas because of her speech, she said when receiving her Emmy Award in 2007: ‘Many people go on the stage and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know, no one had less to do with this award than Jesus. He did not help me in any way... So all I can say is - screw you, Jesus. This award is now my god’.
Keira Knightley, who managed to gain recognition and fame after her role in the movie ‘Star Wars. Episode I: The Phantom Menace’ and since then has played more than 55 roles in different romantic comedies, costume plays and dramas, believes that atheism causes her to be more responsible in her actions, and that the Catholic faith would have given her so much more faith in making vital decisions . She said: ‘If I was not an atheist, I would have got away with everything. Just ask God for forgiveness and you are immediately forgiven. This sounds much easier than to live with the knowledge of your guilt’.
Hugh played sarcastic, cynical atheist in the popular show ‘Dr House’. And, apparently, it is a reflection of his true beliefs, or rather, lack of them. Being outspoken atheist for years, he is famous for his comedy shorts movies, filmed in a cooperation with other atheist, Stephen Fry. Their scenes can be seen in the TV show ‘A Bit of Fry and Laurie’. He summed up his ideas and point of view with words: ‘I do not believe in God, but I believe that if there was a God or some sort of fate that would have looked at us from above, if it saw that you are taking everything for granted, it would take it away. Thus, it would have acted on the principle: ‘Oh, you are going pretty fine, yeah? - Get some terrible catastrophe’.
Starring in more than 77 films during her career, she could play the characters of almost any plan from the crazy to charismatic ones. Moore has been one of the most ardent supporters of the progressive movement in Hollywood for a long time. She is a long-standing and strong supporter of equality of same-sex marriages and the active board member of the American Family Planning Association (Planned Parenthood Federation of America). Moore is also completely opened about her atheism. Once she was asked what she would say if she met God at the gates of heaven, and she replied that she would say, ‘Wow, I was wrong, you really exist!’.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
When an actress was asked if there is god out there, she replied that maybe for some people there is, but as for her… there is no need to have a god. Her husband Brad Pitt is also an atheist.
Atheist celebrities Bollywood
There are plenty of atheists in Bollywood. Among them you can find such famous names: Kamal Hassan, Mani Rathnam, Sreenivasan, Ram Gopal, Karuna Nidhi, Suhasini, Zoya Akhtar, Javad Akhtar, Nandita Das and many others.
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