Ewan McGregor: ‘Last Days in the Desert’ Not a Faith-Based Film, Jesus Role Not ‘Biblical’

Ewan McGregor attends "Last Days In The Desert" Premiere during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival at the Eccles Center Theatre on January 25, 2015 in Park City, Utah. (Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images North America)
Ewan McGregor attends “Last Days In The Desert” Premiere during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival at the Eccles Center Theatre on January 25, 2015 in Park City, Utah. (Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images North America)

Ewan McGregor believes his portrayal of Jesus Christ in Last Days in the Desert is more psychological than religious.

Ewan McGregor doesn’t believe his portrayal of Jesus is “Biblical”.

The 43-year-old actor depicts the Christian son of God in forthcoming adventure drama, Last Days in the Desert.

But although the picture centres around Jesus, from Ewan’s perspective it’s more psychological than ecclesiastical.

“I don’t see it as a faith-based film,” the Golden Globe nominee told Entertainment Weekly. “It’s not telling a Biblical story. I think it’s a film about fathers and sons. Jesus and God are the ultimate father and son relationship.”

Last Days in the Desert is an imaginative adaptation of the story surrounding Jesus’ 40-day fast and prayer retreat, which is penned in the Bible at Gospel of Luke, Chapter 4, verses 1-2.

According to this scripture passage, Jesus wandered around Jordanian hostile terrain for “forty days tempted by the Devil”.

Ewan portrays Lucifer too in Last Days in the Desert and he found depicting villain and hero in one film to be a pivotal career experience.

“It’s maybe the best scene I’ve ever played in my life,” he said of a moment in the picture when Jesus comes face to face with Satan. “Jesus! The depth of the questioning, the twists and turns, the sort of one-upmanship between Jesus and the devil, it’s such a wonderful scene! Lucifer was a fallen angel. He’s been with God. He knows God. Jesus has not had that experience.”

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SOURCE: TV3

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