How does anyone truly get into the head of Jesus Christ? A person everyone in the world has their own opinion on, their own interpretation. To watch an actor embody such a revered figure is never not fascinating — especially when it just so happens to be Joaquin Phoenix. As debut features go, Lion was quite a first-feature for Australian director Garth Davis. Nominated for six Oscars, it was an emotional endeavour that made him a real force to be reckoned with in the industry. Not many actors working today are quite as dependable as Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara. To have them in the lead roles, of Jesus and Mary Magdalene, respectively, instantly gives the viewer hope that this tale has been left in very safe, respectable hands, for both actors bring such subtlety and nuance to whoever they portray. Plus, the pair are now an item in real life, having got together on this very set — which really enforces the authenticity of their on-screen connection, and in turn, enriches the narrative at hand.
From Joaquin Phoenix to Jesus Christ: why this is a movie to look forward to this year
I wanted Mary Magdalene to be more relatable, relevant and contemporary and I really wanted to avoid all the stereotypes. But the thing that we connected to was the spiritual message. The fact that she was shot in the face by the Taliban because she wanted to go to school, and then won the Nobel Peace Prize and she gave her speech and forgave the Taliban for their actions. That act of forgiveness, that act of love, was something that was at the absolute heart of this film for me. I connect with that spirituality and that love. I also really loved how the script was very human and very relevant. All rights reserved.
Mary Magdalene , [a] sometimes called simply the Magdalene or the Madeleine , was a Jewish woman who, according to the four canonical gospels , traveled with Jesus as one of his followers and was a witness to his crucifixion , burial , and resurrection. According to many mainstream scholars, Mary's epithet Magdalene may mean that she came from the town of Magdala , a fishing town on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee. The Gospel of Luke —3 lists Mary as one of the women who traveled with Jesus and helped support his ministry "out of their resources", indicating that she was probably relatively wealthy. The same passage also states that seven demons had been driven out of her , a statement which is repeated in the longer ending of Mark. In all four canonical gospels, she is a witness to the crucifixion of Jesus and, in the Synoptic Gospels , she is also present at his burial. All four gospels identify her, either alone or as a member of a larger group of women which includes Jesus's mother, as the first witness to the empty tomb ,  and the first to testify to Jesus's resurrection. These texts, which scholars do not regard as containing accurate historical information, portray her as Jesus's closest disciple and the only one who truly understood his teachings. In the Gnostic gospels, Mary Magdalene's closeness to Jesus results in tension with the other disciples, particularly Simon Peter. In a series of Easter sermons delivered in , Pope Gregory I conflated Mary Magdalene, who is introduced in Luke , with Mary of Bethany Luke and the unnamed "sinful woman" who anoints Jesus's feet in Luke —