Nicolas Cage and cast talk spirituality behind ‘Left Behind’

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Marketed as “a true story, [that]just hasn’t happened yet,” “Left Behind” is the second remake of the best selling book series based on the last chapter of the Bible, Revelations.

The film is stars familiar names like Nicolas Cage, Chad Michael Murray, Cassi Thomson, Jordan Sparks, and even Olympic athlete Lolo Jones and brings a modern-day view to biblical prophecies. College Times had a chance to talk to Thomson, Sparks, and yes, the “one true god” Internet phenom himself, Nicolas Cage, about the spiritual thriller.

College Times: What really attracted you to this script? What’s something just specific about it that made you want to be involved in “Left Behind?”

Cassi Thomson: Well, when I read the script it was just very much character‐driven, which is something you don’t really see that often in a movie that does have so much action involved. And it also is a very strong female character, which there unfortunately aren’t that many of nowadays. [Vic Armstrong], he’s just one of those directors that you want…on set because they do allow you to be free. And they allow you to experience your character. And let you really be the actor that, that you want to be but they’re also there with all the support, and trust, and he was just amazing. Everybody was really amazing to work with.

Were you familiar with the books or you knew of them before you were part of this movie?

Jordin Sparks: I read this teen series growing up and I just remember being so affected by the thought of “Wow, what if my closest friends just disappeared one day. What if they just weren’t here. Or my closest family members or, you know, anything like that.” And it was just really interesting, and as a kid that’s definitely very scary. When you read The Bible and you take those things to be truth, you know it is definitely something that you can think of and go “Wow, that, that could actually happen.”

What do you hope people take away from this movie?

Nicolas Cage: I was very taken by the family dynamic that plays out in this script. And that’s what drew me to the project. Because this is a person who is in an extraordinary situation and realizes really what his values are, he reaches a catharsis through the experience of this extraordinary flight that he’s on. And gets back to the heart which is his relationship with his family, which is his relationship with Chloe, his daughter, which is so powerfully…she’s so powerful, Cassi Thomson, in the movie. And I think that that’s what I want, if there’s anything for me. I want that to come across that people realize, yeah, we all make mistakes, but in a moment of crisis, what we really want, what we really… go back to is the love we have for our families.

A lot of the roles you play are very heartfelt. Is that something you love to do because it has the potential to affect people’s lives, or is it the script or something in the film that’s particularly meaningful to you personally?

Nicolas Cage: Well, I mean, if you look at my filmography, there’s no secret to the fact that I am drawn to movies that aren’t afraid to take on spiritual themes. And you know, without going into my own personal spirituality,  which is very sacred to me and not something that I think is for public consumption or to be put in the media but, but I like to let my work speak for me. I like to find movies that allow me to explore these inner or outer worlds through the work without having to really talk too much about it.

Anything else you want to include about the movie?

Nicolas Cage:  I want this movie to work for people of all faiths. It’s about when you have those moments [that]there really are no atheists in fox holes. And so when you’re in a crisis, in a crisis like that, I want people from all faiths be able to say, you know, we’re all invited to the table. I mean we’re all going to get something from this movie.

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