Legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese recently spoke to AFP about this new film Silence, and said that despite “horrific events going on in the world" tied to religious extremism, “we shouldn't toss away spirituality.”
The film, which is based on a controversial novel, deals with the idea head-on. It tells the story of Christian missionaries who travel to 17th-century Japan to investigate extreme religious persecution. The movie required it stars—including Andrew Garfield—to go through extensive preparation. Garfield even said it caused him to “fall in love with Jesus.” Scorsese revealed that "three or four great actors” turned down the role because of its intensity and religious implications.
The movie is deeply personal to Scorsese, who describes himself as a Catholic:
There is nothing really to hide. That is who I am. I can't be what's fashionable. I'm 74, this is it, and it has value. Somehow the film was interwoven with my personal life like no other picture.
In the new Martin Scorsese-directed movie Silence, actor Andrew Garfield plays a 17th-century Jesuit priest and missionary who travels to Japan. There, he and fellow Christians face unimaginable persecution. To prepare for the role, he regularly met with priests, studied Christian writings and embraced Catholic spiritual exercises. He recently told the Catholic publication American Magazine, that they had a profound impact on him. When asked to reflect on the experience, he said:
What was really easy was falling in love with this person, was falling in love with Jesus Christ. That was the most surprising thing … That was the most remarkable thing—falling in love, and how easy it was to fall in love with Jesus.”
Garfield said that preparing for the film—which even involved losing a large amount of weight—was life-changing.
It’s such a humbling thing because it shows me that you can devote a year of your life to spiritual transformation, sincerely longing and putting that longing into action, to creating relationship with Christ and with God, you can then lose 40 pounds of weight, sacrifice for your art, pray every day, live celibate for six months, make all these sacrifices in service of God, in service of what you believe God is calling you into, and even after all of that heart and soul, that humble offering...that humility...even after all of that someone is going to throw a stone and dismiss it. It’s a wonderful, wonderful grace to be given, to be shown.
In a recent conversation with RELEVANT, Garfield said that after spending so much time reading the works of Trappist monk Thomas Merton, he began to understand and relate to his relationship with faith and doubt.
I connected with [Merton] so much because he seems to be always on the knife edge between faith and doubt. He seems to understand that the opposite of doubt isn’t certainty, that living with doubt is just as much a part of living with faith as faith itself.”
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