In being cast as the priest I wanted very much to honor Fr. Rene in the best way possible and I PRAYED - asking him to jump into my body and help me tell his story.
(Yeah, believe it or not, I pray sometimes)
In one particular scene I think he actually DID that... an unscripted re-enactment of when he was freed from the trunk of his car after a long drive.
As Fr. Rene I'm lying on my back inside the trunk while Eric Newcombe (the fantastic young actor playing the killer) is standing behind the car YELLING at me through the open trunk door.
I'm afraid of dying and trying to REASON with him! But he keeps SHOUTING as if I were his character's abusive father. LOTS OF PROFANITY.
In a sudden WAVE OF FEAR I begin shouting as well ...
“HAIL MARY FULL OF GRACE,
THE LORD IS WITH THEE”