Mel Gibson, Mark Wahlberg talk about ‘Father Stu’ — and the ‘Passion of the Christ’ sequel
Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Apr 8, 2022 / 15:48 pm
When can devotees of “The Passion of the Christ” be able to see the sequel?
Not anytime soon, from the sounds of it.
In an interview on “The World Over” that aired April 7, Gibson, who produced, co-wrote, and directed the hugely successful 2005 film about the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ, told EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo that he hasn’t yet settled on a script for the sequel, which picks up the story with Jesus’ resurrection.
“So when can we expect a script, Mel?” Arroyo asked.
“Well, I’ve got two scripts,” Gibson revealed. “So I’ve got the pair of them, and they’re both good.”
Arroyo interviewed Gibson, actor Mark Wahlberg, and writer-director Rosalind Ross about the launch of their new film, “Father Stu,” a biopic about the late Father Stuart Long, a no-nonsense Montana priest who died of a rare muscular condition in 2014.
Wahlberg plays the role of Father Stu in the film and Gibson plays the role of Bill Long, the late priest’s father. The film comes out nationwide April 13, to coincide with the start of Holy Week.
“Father Stu was a living embodiment of grace and strength and suffering. And you hear it from anybody whose life he touched, that he was incredibly grateful for what afflicted him and had such dignity and strength in it,” Ross told Arroyo.
“His life is such a beautiful example of humility. You’ve got this guy who was a fighter, who fought everybody: an opponent in a ring; a guy in a bar; he fought the hand that was dealt to him in life; he fought for his father’s approval,” she said. “And it wasn’t until he found God that he realized he could surrender a bit. And I think he learned that staying in the fight on your feet isn’t always as effective as getting on your knees and admitting that you can’t do it alone.” You can watch the full interview in the video below.