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Mel Gibson and Mark Wahlberg Discuss Faith and Endurance Ahead of ‘Father Stu’ Release


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Award-winning actors Mark Wahlberg and Mel Gibson spoke to “The Ingraham Angle” about their film “Father Stu” and the impact of finding faith.

The confessional film, whose director Rosalind Ross also joined Raymond Arroyo for the interview, follows the tribulations of a priest and the trajectory of his spirituality, in the words of Ross.

Gibson, star of feature films like ‘The Patriot’ and ‘Braveheart,’ and Wahlberg, of ‘Lone Survivor’ and ‘Invincible,’ said making the film reminded them of the importance of faith.

“Having gratitude as a whole is really important, but I think everyone struggles a lot,” Wahlberg said. “It was in all of this hardship, when I focused on my faith, I was able to endure, and good things started to happen. Everything seemed to make sense.”

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“It’s definitely made it easier and comforted me a lot. And people have been through a lot. And I think what people are all going through is being reminded, you know, that they have to have faith and hope and that love will last.”

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Mel Gibson and Mark Wahlberg Discuss Faith and Endurance Ahead of ‘Father Stu’ Release

Mark Wahlberg
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Gibson, who directed another acclaimed religious film “The Passion of the Christ,” echoed Wahlberg’s sentiments.

“A lot of times I’ve thought, you know, when things are going well and you’re on Easy Street, that’s when you’re a little lax about who you are and you make mistakes,” he said. declared.

“[Y]our character flaws come to the fore. It’s when you’re in crisis, in one way or another, that you’re able to bring out the best in yourself to deal with big problems.”

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Mel Gibson and Mark Wahlberg Discuss Faith and Endurance Ahead of ‘Father Stu’ Release

Mark Wahlberg visits All Saints Chapel on behalf of ‘Father Stu’
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As the annual celebration of the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ approaches, Gibson added that everyone is “dragging some sort of rock, some sort of cross, into some aspect of our lives.”

“And that’s when we deal with that stuff, I think we’re at our best. And that was certainly the case with Father Stu. He became his best through suffering.”

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