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Hugh Jackman to play St Paul in Hollywood movie

Wed 01 Apr 2015
By Hannah Tooley

Hollywood A-lister Hugh Jackman will be playing the St Paul in a high-profile film produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

Entertainment site Deadline reported that Hugh Jackman will take the lead role in 'Apostle Paul', a new film that is set to be the most high-profile Hollywood Christian production since The Passion of the Christ.

Paul is believed to have written 14 out of the 27 books of the New Testament. The role of Paul has been portrayed on screen a number of times including Martin Scorsese's controversial 1988 film The Last Temptation of Christ.

The actor previously attended the international School of Practical Philosophy and told Parade magazine in 2009 that he was raised by his father, a devout, born-again Christian. He told the publication: "He takes his religion very seriously and would prefer I go to church.

"We've had discussions about our separate beliefs. I just find the evangelical church too, well, restrictive. But the School of Practical Philosophy is non-confrontational.

"We believe there are many forms of scripture. What is true is true and will never change, whether it's in the Bible or in Shakespeare.

"It's about oneness. Its basic philosophy is that if the Buddha and Krishna and Jesus were all at a dinner table together, they wouldn't be arguing. There is an essential truth. And we are limitless."

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are backing the film. They were accused of angering some Christians in 1999 after appearing as fallen angels in the film Dogma, which was labelled blasphemy by the US Catholic League.

Hollywood versions of Biblical stories have become popular in recent years. Both Moses and Noah have been depicted on the big screen.

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