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Before he was Desmond on ‘Lost’, he was the central character in ‘The Gospel of John’

October 18, 2010

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I was in a religious goods store today, looking through the DVD section, and came across a shocker. Before he played Desmond on the long-running ABC series ‘Lost’, Henry Ian Cusick played ‘The Messiah’ in the 2003 movie, ‘The Gospel of John’.

The funny thing is, I saw that movie when it came out in theaters, and didn’t even realize it was the same actor when I was watching ‘Lost’.

If you’re not familiar with the movie, it’s somewhat unique. The entire film, narration and dialogue, is word-for-word from The Gospel according to St. John the Evangelist.

From Wikipedia:

The Gospel of John is a 2003 film that is the story of Jesus’ life as recounted by the Gospel of John. It is a motion picture that has been adapted for the screen on a word-for-word basis from the American Bible Society’s Good News Bible. This three-hour epic feature film follows John’s Gospel precisely, without additions to the story from other Gospels, nor omission of complex passages.

It’s actually a very good film, and I recommend it. A couple caveats…

  • I still prefer Mel Gibson’s ‘The Passion’, and Franco Zeffirelli’s ‘Jesus of Nazareth’.
  • While Henry Ian Cusick does a fine job as Jesus, I still believe Jim Caveziel and Robert Powell in the aforementioned films represent the high-water mark.
  • I wished they would have used a different translation β€” I’m partial to the Douay-Rheims and NAB translations.

Nitpicking aside, there are some moving sections. My favorite scene was the re-enactment of the marriage feast at Cana, when Our Lord turned water into wine. I don’t recall ever seeing that particular scene filmed in any other Gospel movie. The wardrobe and scenery are also top-notch.

I was a pretty big fan of ‘Lost’, and Desmond was my favorite character. I was happy to see him have a pivotal role in the final episodes. Funny that it escaped me that I’d already seen him in that movie…guess I didn’t recognize him with short hair. πŸ˜‰

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