As many of you might be aware, we had to recast the main role of Jesus for this film. Enjoy some Q&A from Brian Barrett, our sweet, silly, spunky Jesus!
How does it feel to be the Son of God (in the film, I mean)?
It feels fantastic. It feels natural. I came into the production relatively at the last minute, but I’ve known a lot of the people involved, and known of their talents, quite well for a long time, and it’s great to finally work with them. Honestly, I haven’t wanted to be an actor since I was twelve, and I’ve only studied it since then as a theoretical exercise. I’m really enjoying it, though. I already have a couple parts lined up after this is over.
In real life, are you similar to your character?
Well, when he’s dealing with people, he’s the ultimate chill dude, and that’s something I aspire towards. According to scripture, he doesn’t like injustice, intolerance or religious scams, and I’m not a fan of them either. I’ve never had a girlfriend’s dad be rude to my face, though.
What do you think is the biggest challenge in playing this role?
The challenges I face – well, they’re specific, and if I mentioned them, I would be giving away too much of the film, so it would be best saved for the DVD commentary. For the most part, the role is actually a breeze. I just strive to be as relaxed I can be, like Jesus is, while in a situation that is kind of uncomfortable, just like he is in this movie. The amount of “acting” I do in this is astonishingly little. Luckily, I think it’s working out to be the best way to approach this part.