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Well AMC is doing a remake of the classic mini series the prisoner and they have tapped actor Jim -- -- seeing here to play number six he's a man who is trapped.
On an island that is controlled by some strange totalitarian order.
It's actually great mini series could -- -- -- joins scoreboard earlier today.
We began by talking about incident that happened to him when he was playing Jesus on the set of the passion of the Christ.
-- urban myths there a couple of urban myths about your role.
As Jesus Christ in in the passion of the Christ one is that you were struck by lightning.
And found and that that's -- fact.
Flash on the -- The last shot of the movie weapons.
Five -- from the last take it was then I heard that the director.
Heard -- the clap of lightning and then looked over and saw smoke coming out of your ears yeah I -- that -- panning over me.
And I'm right and right here and in the pan -- -- of flash and then my parents.
-- unbelievable zone now and then and that was the only there -- -- dislocated her shoulder carrying across he had dislocated my shoulder and heart palpitations stimulation.
For hypothermia and ammonia is very sick find -- to 05 posts 170 pounds while.
What did that film due to you -- for you I think there's not much it's changed in 2000 years.
I think he's as controversial as he wasn't as it is now and -- now as he was then.
It's them it's -- better than Shakespeare the story where it came from it is what our forefathers.
Stood by and great actors that influenced -- and Jimmy Stewart believe -- there's an element institutional.
It is the truth to me but it's it there's an element -- that I bring to.
My rules I look forward that truth isn't whether -- see -- -- crisis in this one we're talking about that prisoner.
What's going on on the world today.
What are the consequences.
And prairie for reaction is an equal and opposite reaction.
And look for that you mentioned.
Jimmy Stewart is one of my favorites -- -- you say.
He understood the truth.
Do the folks in Hollywood understand the truth in general well.
I think you many of them do I also think that many of them don't want to take side.
And can you.
I wasn't raised that way I I I believe that even the characters that I play.
There is a black and whiteness to those characters and that.
Whether you decide to take to the white on the black side.
Or decide to take the middle gray area if you take the gray area that is your choice.
What Hollywood chooses to do is Hollywood's choice my choice though is what.
Brad May in brought me here and my time on this earth is going to be short and I can answer for them all I can do is what I have to do.
And when I met -- Jimmy Stewart along time ago you met him only I was working as a warrior and Jerry Weintraub -- and I was asked not to speak to any of these celebrities I couldn't carry.
The champagne glass decided to hold my champagne trick like this he wants in -- And all these famous actors meaning -- -- United States George Bush senior the time.
And here was.
Walking around thinking man my files to be in this business in my supposed to go the Naval Academy I played three times -- can get and just felt like it.
You know what -- -- -- on and I saw Jimmy Stewart and I kept thinking it's a wonderful life.
Isn't moving that it's over my mental -- affected me so much that one man.
I'm told by some Angel that you could change the course of of of unlocked basically -- -- -- many people and that is the his life meant meant something and the value human life but that's what that story talked to me about night.
I thought you know if I talk -- the sky I'm pretty much done I need this job but I'll get fired for him.
How walked over good for you and I should can I get you some thin and and we started going to this conversation he was.
Air force general and real heroes -- real real hero in World War II many Americans don't known -- Very humble man very strong man but one again going back -- retirement earlier won the made its choice because sat out the war about the war and they kept trying to give him an office job music now I need to serve I need to get there and sky.
And he did and that man turned to me at the end of the conversation city Jim you you make good movies and I never forgot that while.
So you've got your mission from Jimmy Stewart.
Now whether it be the passion of Christ the -- in my crystal frequency.
I look at something that's going to be fifty years from now people -- that is a great -- -- it's gonna stand for what it does today.
Fifty -- hundred years from now now the prisoner of course was really was was done before I was to huge fan of the Patrick can go and version.
Unbelievable showed I had to watch it two or three times to understand.
What was happening is it is it.
As obscured the diversion that you're doing of it or is it a little more clear as to what's going on because it was it was kind of a puzzle.
It's not abstract fracture strapped purposes there is a great strongly in the airline that goes through it that.
It's kind of like we all we you have a -- you wake up you understand the -- yet you don't but it.
It affected you.
When you win new world watches the prisoner its like there in the -- -- immoral but it feels very real and it is very real because it's an allegorical piece.
That is that is pertain to what's going on the world right now just as the 1967 version pertained to back there during -- war.
It has clear values in terms of a state.
That is trying to control people's behavior and one individual who's trying to react against that control.
Right now a lot of people are saying hey we.
What we comment about -- who -- my home my mom my in my in my house my a my my job people -- saying we had a really good thing going on here what the hell just happened.
Who came along broke the bank and destroyed it.
Then you have characters.
The -- reactionary means.
We're characters like number two.
Played by Ian McKellen come along and say 100 prevent this from happening again we're gonna live in the safe.
Secure environment same time he -- all out all your personal freedoms in your privacy.
So what does connect to what's going on -- resolutely.
Yeah Ian -- before she was -- star of Lord of the Rings -- -- working with.
We'll brilliant actors like Richard Harris was and then when I worked with in the -- -- Highly trained highly talented and very immediate in other words.
You have to be.
On your toes all the time with a guy like this and then there's a lot of doing just fine -- -- between him and I and so I like the fact that I have to bring my a game in that I might get beat it's OK I feel.
Like you know the competitive spirit he has that and and the drives me do want to be better competition brings the best out of everybody's way.
He will be what you Jim thank you very much thank you very much.
And the prisoner -- on AM see it all starts Sunday November 5 to.
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