This wasn’t a movie I wanted to see until I read the interview… I do have an interest in possessions and exorcisms, but now I’m just nosy and want to know what’s going on with the Church and exorcisms.
I found a blog that interviewed Father Gary Thomas…this was very interesting and wanted to pass it along, you can read a bit of it here, but to see the full interview click on the link below. Now I really can’t wait to see the movie. I want to see what facts they have and what is going on in the world of God, Satan and the Pastor who performs exorcisms. It seems like he wasn’t very knowledgeable about religions and their association with Satan in the interview, but has a lot of experience with his beliefs and exorcisms. Watch the trailer below!
I was honored to speak last weekend on the phone with Father Gary Thomas, the subject of Matt Baglio’s book The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist (Doubleday Religion), which is the inspiration for Mikael Hafstrom’s film THE RITE, opening in theatres January 28, 2011. Father Thomas also served a consultant for the film.
Peg Aloi: How long have you been a practicing exorcist?
Father Gary Thomas: I’m pastor of a parish, but also an exorcist who serves this diocese, and I’ve been eligible to perform exorcisms for just over four years.
PA: How do feel about the film version of THE RITE? (Interviewer’s note: I had not seen the film at the time of this interview)
FGT: I went down to L. A. to see it last Tuesday and Anthony Hopkins and I sat down and watched it together, just the two of us. He’s very comfortable to be around, very down to earth. I was also on the set with Anthony in Budapest; they were being very anal about wanting it to be accurate…
VIEW THE COMPLETE INTERVIEW HERE (It gets very interesting…click and read it.)