The Christian movie series titled The Chosen has been geared in hope of strengthening the faith of viewers as this begin to have effect on the lead actor, Jonthaan Boumie.
He noted that his faith has grown after acting the role of Jesus in all the eight episodes. “It’s deepened my faith very intensely,” Roumie said. “And I think part of that is because I’ve been spending so much time with the character in prayer and with Christ. It’s something that has greatly impacted it in a very positive way.”
Roumie was picked as a result of his former relationship with the director and writer Dallas Jenkins during the project of the movie titled The Two Thieves in 2014.
“The way [Jenkins] writes the scripts and approaches the [biblical] character in a fresh way kind of gives the rest of us a little more license to bring our own humanity to it in a way that hasn’t been seen before,” Roumie said.
According to Christian Headline, Roumie acknowledged the difference in playing a standard character and playing someone who is the “Son of God and also human.” He prepared for his role in The Chosen, he said, with “a lot of research” that included reading the gospels and other historical accounts.
“Mostly though, [I] relied on prayer and trust and faith in God – to use this role as a vehicle to bring the Spirit to people,” Roumie said. “I just try to get out of the way.”
Roumie said he’s able to watch The Chosen without critiquing his work.
“There are times of course, I think in every actor’s career where they felt, ‘I wish they used a different take.’ But with The Chosen, I’m able to watch the show and enjoy it rather objectively, because it doesn’t seem like it’s me [on the screen]. I can watch it and be impacted emotionally by certain scenes,” he said.
“It’s as if I’m not watching myself – which is really nice. That usually doesn’t happen. All I can do is credit the Holy Spirit with moving through this project in a way to touch people on a deeply spiritual level, and to really ignite their own faith and curiosity.”