The Passion of the Christ filmmaker reflects on bringing a faithbased project to life Fox News Flash top entertainment and celebrity headlines are here. Check out what clicked this week in entertainment. You can now listen to Fox News articles! For Mel Gibson feeling passionate about a faith based project in Hollywood hits close to home. The actor has teamed up with Mark Wahlberg to star in Father Stu which tells the tale of an amateur box erturned priest Wahlberg in Montana who suffers from a degenerative and incurable muscular disorder.
The story is based on the reallife Father Stuart Long who leaned on faith during tough times. Long passed away in 2014 at age 50. Wahlberg a devout Catholic also serves as a producer for the biopic. placeholder Gibson who produced directed and cowrote the 2004 biblical film The Passion of the Christ told Fox News Digital that taking on Father Stu was a nobrainer. Mel Gibson and Mark Wahlberg attend the photo call for Father Stu on April 1 2022 in West Hollywood California. Mel Gibson and Mark Wahlberg attend the photo call for Father Stu on April 1 2022 in West Hollywood California.
You know I had a pretty big experience with The Passion the 66yearold explained. That was an interesting journey to understand that theres a real thirst for this kind of content out there. People want it and they respond well to it. So its a privilege to be a part of that delivery. I think Father Stu offers that the star continued. Its a little different. I would not really call it a faith based film but I think it hits all those cravings that the community wants. But at the same time its not preaching to the choir. Its got Fbombs so you do have to weather those things to get to the jewel.
When it came to bringing Father Stu to life there were some challenges along the way. Wahlberg 50 previously noted he spent six slow years trying to get the movie made. And when the time finally came the project was filmed in 30 days during the coronavirus pandemic in 2021. Like Gibson with Passion Wahlberg self financed his film with the help of two collaborators. Wahlberg also described how he faced resistance not only from studios to make Father Stu but also from the church for its usage of the Fword. The actor said he wanted to share an uplifting message while staying faithful to Longs journey from self destruction to redemption.