Before signing on to a new film, Arnett was asked to do a partially nude scene. When he said no, "all hell broke loose," the actor said.
"They brought me in, and I auditioned … and I got the role," Arnett revealed. "They were happy [and] the money was going to be really nice. For the first time, things are happening. And right before I signed, they said to me, 'Oh by the way. We need you to do partial body nudity.' And so it kind of like put a halt on everything. And I felt God tap me on the shoulder and say, 'You know, it's time to get out of the system.'"
Arnett explained that he didn't like the message Hollywood was sending because he felt it was a direct contradiction of God's plan for him.
"Hollywood told me that in order for you to be an actor, you have to do partial body nudity, and I had to choose career or Christ," he said. "And I chose Christ, but when I did, I lost everything."
Arnett said that film executives promised they would use a body double to protect his modesty, but Arnett was still uncomfortable with the notion.
"I lost everything," he admitted. "Agents left. Everybody left. Friends left. I was left behind by the world and by everything that I had."
Arnett, who plays an absentee father looking for restoration in "Overcomer," said that he does not regret walking away from Hollywood as a whole, and feels fulfilled working in Christ-centered projects.
"Now I have the ability to be myself everywhere and not have to compromise anything," he reasoned.
What about the movie?
"Overcomer," a Kendrick brothers film, is set to release Friday. It also stars Priscilla Shirer and Shari Rigby.
According to the Christian Post, the film "tells the story of a cross country runner who's pushing her limits on a journey that leads her toward self-discovery in God."