This time, his protagonist is Walter Vale, an enervated, middle-aged economics professor at a Connecticut college.
Widowed and wholly lacking in professional motivation, he begrudgingly accepts an assignment to go to an academic conference at NYU and present a paper on globalization he really didn't write.
I was questioning whether I was good enough or worthy enough to portray Him and what He stood for...again I’m only human.” Landing the part as Jesus was truly a full-circle moment as the ten years leading up to this point was a time where he says he was heavily influenced by His teachings, “I believe in God and that He sends people in your life at different times for different reasons. “We’ve all seen the other productions and looking at the [deity] of Jesus is certainly important.
I was going through a really dark time at one point and through the exposure from others to Jesus’ teachings it really helped me get out of that place.” Sleiman recounts shooting the Sermon on the Mount scene and feeling what Jesus might’ve felt addressing thousands of people from all walks of life, “What was powerful about Jesus and what I realized especially in those moments was the ability to see people without judgement regardless of how they look, how they walk, how they talk, the color of their skin, where they come from, whether they’re rich or poor and to be able to see people as powerful, not weak.”Becoming Jesus took Sleiman on an emotional journey of highs and lows that he believed helped him connect with the side of Jesus that often goes overlooked by both religious communities and the secular world... However, this take on the story highlights more of the political, social and cultural climate at the time.” Haaz, who swears he’s really a kid at heart, shared one of the darker moments of the film that took ‘getting into character' to another level, “I remember coming back dragging on the day I had to do the scene carrying the beam to the cross to be crucified.
However, after an incident in the subway, Tarek is arrested by the police and sent to a detention center for illegal immigrants.
Walter has just hired a lawyer to defend Tarek when, out of the blue, Tarek's mother Mouna ...
However, just as this charming tale of world harmony plays out, it comes back to harsh reality when Tarek is arrested and taken to a detention center in Queens for deportation.
It's not surprising that Mc Carthy is an actor because he's able to capture the very subtle nuances in behavior in actors that make his work feel like Edward Hopper paintings come to life.
As a result, you pay attention to a simple gesture, a passing glance, a resigned sigh.