The Rite – Four Catholics, Four Takes

Four Catholics, Four Takes… on How Making The Movie, The Rite, Impacted Their Lives – by Mark Armstrong

The Integrated Catholic Life recently screened The Rite, visited with the stars, director and screenwriter and spoke to them concerning how the movie impacted their views of Catholicism, the rite of Exorcism and the presence of evil in the world today. 

Our interview with Sir Anthony Hopkins ran on Monday (see the link at the end of this article).  For today’s article, we talked with actors Colin O’Donoghue, a native of Ireland, who plays seminarian Michael Kovak; Alice Braga, from Brazil, who plays the journalist Angeline; Matt Baglio, the author of the book on which the movie is based; and Father Gary Thomas, the priest on whom the book is based.  I asked O’Donoghue and Braga first if the making of this movie affected their view of how they were raised as Catholics…

Audio Link: Listen to Mark Armstrong’s interviews… (large file may take a few moments to begin playing)

I will be on Relevant Radio with Father Gary Thomas, talking to Drew Mariani about the movie on Thursday, January 27, 3-4 p.m. Eastern time / 2-3 p.m. Central time.

The Rite opens in theaters nationwide January 28th and is rated PG-13. The Rite opens in theaters nationwide January 28th and is rated PG-13.

Related Link: Monday’s interview with Sir Anthony Hopkins

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Mark Armstrong is married to Patti (the much more famous Catholic author). They have 10 children and two grandkids (so far).  Mark travels and presents a PowerPoint presentation on "Our Lady of Guadalupe" to retreats, church events and conferences. He also spent 9 days in Italy in 2010, including three hours before the Shroud of Turin and has an amazing PowerPoint presentation on the Shroud of Turin, believed by many to be the actual burial cloth of Jesus Christ.

He also co-authored the best-selling Catholic book, Amazing Grace for Fathers.

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