The man picked as Adam by a museum based on the Bible's version of Earth's history led quite a different life outside the Garden of Eden, flaunting his sexual exploits online and modeling for a line of clothing with an explicit mascot.
Registration records show that Eric Linden, who portrays Adam
taking his first breath in a film at the newly opened Creation
Museum, owns a graphic Web site called Bedroom Acrobat. He has been pictured there, smiling alongside a drag queen, in a T-shirt
brandishing the site's sexually suggestive logo.
Linden, a graphic designer, model and actor, also sells clothing for SFX International, whose initials appear on clothing to spell "SEX" from afar and serve as an abbreviation for its mascot, who promotes "free love,"
"pleasure" and "Thrillz."
The museum's operators, informed Thursday by The Associated
Press of Linden's online appearances, acted swiftly to suspend
airing of the 40-second video in which he appeared.
The clip is one of 55 featured on tours of the museum, in Petersburg, Ky., which tells what organizers call, the Bible's version of Earth's history.
"We are currently investigating the veracity of these serious
claims of his participation in projects that don't align with the
biblical standards and moral code upon which the ministry was
founded," Answers for Genesis spokesman Mark Looy said in an
Linden told the AP that he is no longer affiliated with the
site. He described it as "from my past."
"It's a different story when you grow up a little bit," said
Linden, 27. "I'm a Web designer and I was trying to think to the
future and capitalize on different domain names, just trying to be
clever. I handed the domain name off to somebody, so I really don't
know what's going on with it."
Ownership records available through the NetworkSolutions
database show Linden registered the site 18 months ago.
Linden, who now lives in Los Angeles, said his modeling work for
the clothing line is just one of the many jobs that make up his
career. "They're just like a kind of hip, trendy clothing line,"
He said he learned of the opportunity to play Adam through a
childhood friend, and has great respect for the founders of the
Creation Museum and their vision.
"For the Creation Museum, I did what I did as an actor. It
doesn't necessarily mean I believe in evolution or a believe in
creation," Linden said. "I'm hired to get a point across. On the
flip side, if I was hired to play a murderer, that doesn't mean I'd
go out and kill somebody. It's make-believe."
Linden said he was selected for the role from a lineup of
contenders because his looks were sufficiently generic.
"I'm very proud to be Adam," he said. "But just because I'm
Adam on the screen, that doesn't mean I'm Adam off the screen. What
I do shouldn't have anything to do with who they think Adam is."
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