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Ernie HudsonErnie Hudson has been in countless films and TV shows, but you probably remember him best from “Ghostbusters” or “The Crow” or the HBO series “OZ.”
Now, Hudson is back with a new role, as a detective on the NBC show “Heroes.”
I recently had the chance to talk to him about his new role as well as an audio Bible project called “Word of Promise” where he voiced the apostle Peter. Stay tuned for the full interview, but for the time being I thought I’d share some of what he had to say about the spirituality of “Heroes.”
Can you tell us a little bit about your new role? Were you familiar with the show before you signed on?
I wasn’t before I signed on. After they asked me to come and do it they weren’t very clear in terms of what my involvement would be. They have this secrecy surrounding [the show], so I can’t really tell you a whole lot, but I knew that I’d be playing a detective and investigating some strange events.
I went and got the video of the first season and watched the show, and thought it was an interesting perspective. It helped me sort of understand what I’m dealing with. Except for being a detective, they told me absolutely nothing about the character.
It turned out to be fun to do. The people who do the show are very creative, nice people. So, I had a great time on it. But, it’s a different perspective.
Do you find the show spiritual at all? Do you think God is a character on that show or is God absent?
The guys who are putting the show together are probably just trying to put the show together. And sometimes I think they want to bring a faith element into it, and other times they don’t care. They’re just trying to make a show and to make some money. That’s the reality of the television that we see.

What I get from my study of the Bible is that we’re all in Christ, that we’re all the same in God’s eyes. And this is a show that’s dedicated to saying certain people are special and God–or whatever you believe in–chooses to give them special powers. Not just intuitive special powers, but literally special powers that they can do all these things. And that separates them from everyone else.
I, for one, don’t believe in separation, because then it gets into God playing favorites and who’s more special. We try to figure it out, and then it doesn’t become very Christian to me. That’s the problem I have with the show. It’s very entertaining, but it’s very hard for me to make the connection, because the whole concept is a separation of these special people with special abilities. God either is playing a game with them or there’s something else going on. I don’t know. That’s just my take.
Stay tuned for the full interview with Ernie Hudson, coming soon!

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