Beliefnet Interviews the Cast & Crew of 'The Rite'
“The Rite,” a new spiritual thriller
about exorcism starring Anthony Hopkins, opens everywhere in theaters
this Friday, January 28th. All photos courtesy of New Line Cinema.
Ever since The Exorcist
terrified moviegoers in 1973 with its vision of the supernatural made
flesh, audiences have been been fascinated by demonic possession. Is it
real? Are people just faking it? Could it happen to me? The unknown -
and how can anyone know about demons for sure? - has always been
This Friday Hollywood returns to the guaranteed-to-give-you-the-creeps
subject matter of demon possession and they’re employing no less than
the master of unnerving performances: Anthony Hopkins. The man famous
for bringing Hannibal the Cannibal to life in The Silence of the Lambs
plays Father Lucas, an unconventional priest who is an expert exorcist.
Despite years of experience he runs into a power that not even he can
defeat, leaving his salvation in the hands of his apprentice (played by
newcomer Colin O’Donoghue), a young priest struggling with his own
When making a film that deals with Good and Evil, the Divine and the
Unholy, God and Satan, is it important what you believe? Do you have to
accept that demonic possession is truth in order to craft a believable
film about exorcism? Beliefnet Entertainment Editor Evan Derrick
recently sat down with the cast and crew of ‘The Rite’ to find out just
that. Stars Anthony Hopkins and Colin O’Donoghue; director Mikael
Hafstrom and screenwriter Michael Petroni; and Father Gary Thomas (the
real life exorcist upon whose experiences the film is loosely based)
were all present to talk about God, demons, and what it's like to
witness an exorcism first hand.
So, are there forces beyond our understanding at work or is this no
more real than the bogeyman hiding underneath the beds of children?