When I think of all the big-time, successful actors—Aaron Eckhart, Ryan
Gosling, Amy Adams, et al.—who threw away their faith in order to have a
successful career in film, it breaks my heart into countless pieces. Although
it's too bad that this man had to give up his dream, he ultimately made the
right choice, for himself, and for his family. The Lord will bless him with even
greater things as a result.
Great article about a fellow Placer High Alumni.... another one of our
classmates recently posted a picture of a movie scene on facebook asking if it
was "Scott Ditty"... now I know that indeed it was. Thanks for being a
great role model!
Nice article, Doug. We all face choices. Nice to see someone make a choice he
feels so good about that also benefits others.
I guess I have to disagree that his choice was the only right choice. It is
right that there be movies about the Mafia. Realistic Movies. If he doesn't
want to play in them fine, but someone needs to.I don't know
the part they had asked him to play, if smoking or nudity was involved his
turning it down was understandable. If not this reminds me of photographers or
cake makers who refuse to serve gay people when they get 'married'.
The religious expectation is that people not be in a gay marriage, not that they
don't serve those who do.Just remember that the LDS church has
produced several movies that portray the Devil himself. Someone had to act that
@MapleDon, you couldn't be more wrong to decalre that his career was a
bust, and that "...bit parts don't pay very much.." It really
depends on the contract.1. You do realize that some of the biggest
stars started out doing exactly what he was don't you?2. Do you
really know how Hollywood and royalties work?I know a guy who played
a bit part in a hit movie a few years back. He was in it for 20 seconds and said
12 words. Do you know how much money he made when that movie was aired
frequently on television a few years later? More that $40,000 in one year. And
that was just for one movie.So you can do all you want to try and
throw cold water on an inspiring story. But get your facts straight before you
start claiming that his career never took off (we'll never know how far he
would have gone) or that he didn't make much money. I'm betting he
gets a nice pay check every now and then.Ryan Gossling, Matthew
Modine, and Catherine Heigle et al, could learn from him.
He makes clear he was not a star but was making a decent living. He was doing
just fine but knew there was something more important. He sounds like a guy who
has his head on straight.I don't know why some always have to
put others down. But I guess these posts are here for those who want to make
thmselves feel better by belittling others.
The old saying is that those that can, do. Those that can't, teach. When I
taught professionally I found that particular saying shallow and untrue in most
cases. Often, those that can, choose to teach. I love it when they do.
I was home teaching companions with Scott back in his acting days. He was a
good guy back then. I'm glad he's still doing well!
mapleton donthanks for your critique. i always love to get inputs from
some while putting others down. Love to be able yo critique your career.
had a very Catholic friend of mine who worked as a film editor on major
projects, including a number of Spielberg movies. Got out due to the subject
matter being incompatible with his faith-and has spent the last 20 years selling
copy machines and raising his kids the right way. Correct decision IMHO-if you
are not comfortable with the subject matter no matter how much money
they'll pay you-you shouldn't be there, period.
First of all, Scott did not have an illustrious and successful career in
Hollywood. He played minor bit parts (guard, deputy, bouncer, bartender, etc.)
in a few, mostly television shows. Almost all of that occurred in a two- or
three-year stretch in the late 1990s. Second, the fact is you either make it in
Hollywood, or you don't. Scott never got above playing bit parts. Which
brings up third: bit parts don't pay very much and, for Scott, they were
few and far between and certainly not enough to make a living. And when you
can't make a living doing what you're doing, you've got to find a
different career.As some others have inferred, it was probably for
the better that Scott's Hollywood career was a bust. It doesn't seem
the best place for an active, practicing Mormon.
Great article. The community needs more teachers and coaches who see the
"big" picture.Nice going dude!
One LDS actor that was able to make it work was Gordon Jump. I understand that
he stuck entirely to TV (and commercials) after acting in a movie to which the
producers added R-rated content after he had finished shooting for what had been
a PG-rated script. I am happy to see LDS who will stick to what their religion
teaches them, whether it means they accept only certain types of work, or they
ultimately choose a different profession because the job that will allow them to
keep going as an actor is incompatible with what they have been taught. I
understand the passion to do a certain kind of job, but those who think acting
is somehow fundamentally different than, for instance, other careers that would
facilitate a very comfortable lifestyle at the cost of focus on family and
religion are fooling themselves.
After reading many articles in the recent past about LDS who decide to go the
other way and stick with acting --sometimes at the cost of their LDS
lifestyle--like Mathew Modine, Aaron Eckhart,Catherine Heigel,Paul Walker and
Will Swenson to name a few, its interesting to read this article. Glad its worked out for him. Kids can always use teachers who WANT to be
I played football at Woods Cross High when Coach Ditty was an assistant, he left
in the middle of the season to film Con Air, I have always remembered him as a
great coach and enjoyed when I have seen him in movies. It has always been a
good story to tel that my football coach left to be in Con Air. Very good guy
and glad he is back to coaching.
I agree with the other bloggers: a great story about a great man. Keep it up.
You are a great inspiration and role model to many.
Fun to read this! We need more of these kinds of role models for our youth-LDS
or not, for someone to walk away from the glamour of Hollywood and change career
paths to teaching is giving up a lot for all the right reasons, like he said,
for him and his lifestyle.
Good on him.
Personally, I would be much more willing to drop cash to watch him as a coach
with these young people than most movies that come out... Great article about a
good person. Thanks!
Thoroughly enjoyed this article. Great insights into the challenges of life one
man faces in finding his way through life. Inspiring.