Why The Best Movie Characters Are Real People

This maybe controversial BUT in my opinion people of a religious persuasion often struggle when they endeavor to break into the arts.

I know actors that refuse to swear and writers that insist on having a Jesus or a priest in every scene.

Quite simply, it’s ridiculously stupid.

If your faith is real, then it exists in the slums, in the mansions, in the brothels and the bars, there is no place on earth where it cannot be found.

Real faith is gritty, it isn’t sanitized or purified in anyway. It’s the dirty, filthy, messy truth that involves people just like you and me.

Don’t hide the truth, don’t cover the dirt, be humble and don’t judge anyone… especially your own characters.

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15 Responses to “Why The Best Movie Characters Are Real People”

  1. BJ Pramann March 15, 2012 at 10:34 am #

    As a christian writer, and painter, I couldn’t agree with you more.

  2. Christopher R Gray March 15, 2012 at 11:08 am #


  3. Rick Clark March 15, 2012 at 11:15 am #

    Are you talking about religion or faith? They are not synonymous, yet also not mutually exclusive. This little light of mine…

    • Geoff Talbot March 15, 2012 at 11:55 am #

      I guess of a  lot of people they are exactly the same thing – I guess I wrote this based on my observations of those people?

  4. Julianne Harvey March 15, 2012 at 11:25 am #

    I agree 110 percent! I used to worry so much and felt so constrained by religious ideas as I wrote. Now I’ve worked through all of that ridiculousness and I’m free to write what is beautiful, and imperfect, and messy, and my writing (and life) has never been better. Real always trumps pretend.

  5. TCAvey March 15, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    so very true!  Life is real, Jesus is real and we can’t hide in the church.  

  6. Anonymous March 15, 2012 at 5:45 pm #

    The evolution of me has led to this belief….religion is constricting, faith is freeing.  Love how you make us think, Geoff.

  7. Peter Paluska March 15, 2012 at 6:36 pm #

    Yes! God is in everything. There is no way it could not be true. Good one, Geoff.

    • Geoff Talbot March 18, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

      Very cool… he is not absent or ashamed, he’s been watching human beings for a long time now… nothing we do makes him look away

  8. Bcphlip March 15, 2012 at 10:02 pm #

    Check out a song from the Lost Dogs – Breathe Deep the Breath of God

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