In American pop culture, Nam-myoho-renge-kyo has been used to get protagonists out of tight spots. Eight are spotlighted here.
1. The Simpsons
In the episode “The Last Temptation of Homer,” Homer starts chanting in a pickle.
2. The Last Detail
Randy Quaid’s character in the movie (also featuring Jack Nicholson) chants after meeting a girl who introduces him to Buddhism.
3. Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise
Between a rock and a hard place, the protagonists (nerds) chant.
4. What’s Love Got to Do With It?
The story of Tina Turner’s rise to stardom as a solo artist, based on her Buddhist practice (portrayed by Angela Bassett).
5. The Out-of-Towners
In the remake of the 1970 Neil Simon comedy, Henry Clark (Steve Martin) overhears people chanting.
Lt. Tuck Pendleton (Dennis Quaid), a pilot who is miniaturized in an experiment, panics and chants.
7. A Mighty Heart
The adaptation of Mariane Pearl’s memoir shows Ms. Pearl (portrayed by Angelina Jolie) chanting as they search for her kidnapped husband, Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.