Before preparing for the role of Fr. Sebastiao Rodrigues in Martin Scorsese's new movie Silence, actor Andrew Garfield said he did not consider himself a Christian. However, after playing the 17th century Jesuit priest and missionary, Garfield admits he has fallen in love with Jesus Christ.
In a recent interview with American Magazine, Garfield said that in order to prepare for the role he had to meet with priests, study Christian writings and practice Christian exercises. The actor, who is of Jewish descent, said that it has had a profound impact on his life.
"What was really easy was falling in love with this person, was falling in love with Jesus Christ," he said. "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."
Father James Martin, a Jesuit priest, served as a spiritual mentor and advisor to Garfield. Garfield said that Martin helped him better grasp who God is.
"He gave me spiritual direction as if I were a Jesuit in training," he said. "It became a very personal journey for me."
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