Exclusive: Patrick and Paul Aiello on the making of Risen

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Risen — which stars Joseph Fiennes as a fictitious Roman officer who goes looking for the missing body of Jesus — is out on DVD and Blu-Ray today. Last week I had a chance to speak to Patrick Aiello, the producer who first started developing the film nearly a decade ago, and his brother Paul, who co-wrote the script.

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Did a Young Messiah poll find that most Americans think Jesus was a socialist who would vote for Bernie Sanders?

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There is nothing particularly political about this year’s Jesus movies, but you can still detect political patterns in the way they were promoted. The Young Messiah, for example, used quotes from conservative groups and radio talk-show hosts in its ads, while Last Days in the Desert got a lot of attention in “progressive” circles.

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Last Days in the Desert: the final interview round-up

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Last Days in the Desert — starring Ewan McGregor as both Jesus and Satan — is now playing in a handful of theatres across the U.S. So here’s one last round-up of interviews with the writer-director and actors who made the film.

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Review: Last Days in the Desert (dir. Rodrigo García, 2015)

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People go to movies for many reasons, but what I look for most is some sort of experience. I want to feel what it’s like to live in another world, and I want to get a sense of what it’s like to live inside someone else’s head.

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Watch: A new clip, a soundtrack preview, and B-roll footage from Last Days in the Desert; plus new interviews

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Fireside chats seem to be a thing in Last Days in the Desert. Jesus (as played by Ewan McGregor) had one with Tye Sheridan in a clip that I posted last week; then he had one with Satan (also played by McGregor) in a clip I posted yesterday. And now he has one with Sheridan and his parents, played by Ciaran Hinds and Ayelet Zurer.

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Watch: Satan tells Jesus God’s plan is “repetitive” in a clip from Last Days in the Desert; plus new interviews

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Last Days in the Desert — starring Ewan McGregor as both Jesus and Satan — comes to theatres this Friday, and there are more clips and interviews to watch and read.

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