'7th Heaven' Actor Stephen Collins Played a Pedophile Priest in His Last Movie Role

Stephen Collins

Ack! Sometimes you can't even make this stuff up. This is one of those cases. Stephen Collins' last role before his whole sex scandal blew up was apparently one of a pedophile priest. How does one even respond to this?

In case you haven't been paying attention, Stephen Collins is at the center of Hollywood's latest awful sex scandal, after audio tapes emerged of him allegedly confessing to molesting underage girls. He also played Reverend Eric Camden on the hit show 7th Heaven, which adds just an extra little twist of suck to the situation, given that he played such a strong patriarch on the show.

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Like I said ... I can't make this up.

Jeff Wolfe, who is the director of the film Penance, had this to say about Collins' involvement with the project:

Although my short film, Penance, has recently played at a number of film festivals, it was actually made in 2013 ... when I cast Stephen Collins, I had no idea there might be a connection between his real life and the part I asked him to play ... I found the recent allegations particularly shocking, as my film is meant to speak to victims of abuse and the idea that the effects of abuse never really go away.

Oh. My. Gosh. I cannot even believe this is happening. Of course Wolfe would have had no idea that anything untoward was going on. If the accusations against Collins are untrue, I'm sure he wouldn't think twice about participating. But it's just so random and awful that Collins played this part and now he's being accused of pedophilia!

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We don't know what's exactly true or not, but holy moly -- this looks pretty bad given the allegations. The perception is enough that 7th Heaven has been pulled off of syndicated rotation, a move that affected all the cast members, not just him.

This latest revelation doesn't seem to bode well for Collins either.

What do you think about Stephen Collins playing a pedophile priest in an indie film?

 

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