Greg Laurie’s New Movie Explores ‘Emptiness’ Of Fame

Photo from Pastor Greg Laurie’s Instagram

Greg Laurie’s New Movie Explores ‘Emptiness’ Of Fame

By Movieguide® Contributor

Pastor Greg Laurie’s latest movie explores the price people pay for fame. 

“We are premiering a brand-new film later this month titled, ‘FAME,’ Laurie tweeted. “A recent poll was taken among young people and they were asked what they wanted most out of life. The majority of them said, ‘To be rich and famous.’ Is that the answer?”

He continued, “This new film shows the emptiness of pursuing notoriety and forgetting about God in the process.”

His post also included a clip from the movie, which shows rock legend Alice Cooper talking about his own faith journey and the struggles he went through to achieve great fame. 

“You’re never going to achieve it,” Cooper said. “There comes that point in your life where you go, ‘What is this about? Is this really it? ’Cause it can’t be.’ And I think that’s when you start hearing the Lord knocking.”

Cooper has previously spoken about his faith.

“My wife and I are both Christian,” Cooper shared. “My father was a pastor, my grandfather was an evangelist. I grew up in the church, went as far away as I could from it—almost died—and then came back to the church.”

FAME will also feature the stories of former MLB star Darryl Strawberry, actor Steve McQueen and country singer Johnny Cash.

The movie is based on Laurie’s book, titled “Fame: Fortunes, Failure and Faith.”

“Everyone wants to be rich and famous, but at what cost?” a description of the book reads. “Pastor Greg Laurie outlines the many tragedies that have resulted from the pursuit of fame, fame for money, fame for glory, fame for relevance, but something was always missing. That thing that was missing wasn’t something at all. It was someone. GOD.”

Laurie has explored this topic in another book, “Lennon, Dylan, Alice and Jesus: The Spiritual Biography of Rock and Roll.” Movieguide® previously reported:

“I wrote this book to show you sort of a behind the scenes look at what it’s like to have that kind of success. Also to show you the challenges they face, the temptations they have to deal with, but also the power of God to transform people that have hit rock bottom, most notably, Alice Cooper,” he continued.

Laurie, who has conducted several interviews with the rock icon in the past, said the book focuses on his path to salvation.

“Alice Cooper, at one point in his life was the number one rock star in the world,” Laurie explained. “He became so involved with drugs, specifically cocaine, it looked like surely he was going to overdose. He had a rock of cocaine the size of a softball. He put his wife’s dresses over the windows, and no one could see in his house, and he started to snort that rock of cocaine. He became so out of it. He looked in the mirror and there was blood coming out of his eyes. Alice said to me, ‘I’m not sure if it was a hallucination, or if it actually happened, but I knew I was going to die. It was at that moment, I called out to God and God heard my prayer and transformed [me].’”

He added: “Now when you talk to Alice Cooper today, you can’t believe he lived that life. He’s such a transformed person.”

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