Walker Percy, meet Tom Shadyac.

“But what good is our art if it doesn’t change us, if our lives don’t reflect the values that we put into our films?”

Hello. Tom Shadyac, director of Liar Liar and Bruce Almighty (among others), made Evan Almighty and then started inverting his life. Sold his mansion. Moved into a trailer park. And this wasn’t the first time. “After ‘Liar Liar; opened, he slipped away to Thomas Merton’s monastery in Kentucky for a 10-day silent retreat…Childless and divorced for more than a decade, Shadyac now realizes he was searching for meaning, something he wasn’t destined to find in the shallow slipstream of Hollywood.”

And if Percy has taught us anything, it’s that the search is possible.


  1. Tom Shadyac was a classmates of my sister's at JEB Stuart High School in Falls Church, VA.

    I have nothing more to add. I'll go now.

  2. Jonathan Webb says

    Why aren't there prominent people in Hollywood who get married once for a lifetime, go to mass every Sunday and raise well adjusted children? It might have to do with the sort who is attracted to show business.

    And these are the one's who influence the culture.

  3. Matthew Lickona says

    Well of course he was. And now it looks like he may be doing a biopic of preacher turned comic Sam Kinison! But don't go!
    Art begins in a wound, dude. Even crass exploitative corrosive art. Sigh.

  4. Jonathan Webb says

    Art begins in a pit in my basement where it puts the lotion on and puts it in the basket.

    But you're right.

  5. Rufus McCain says

    I didn't know you had a basement.

  6. Jonathan Webb says

    I was talking about my brain.

    But you're right as usual.

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