Kelsey Grammer has said he will “not apologize” for his faith as he discusses his own religion in the wake of his latest film, Jesus Revolution.
The actor, 68, has reflected on how his faith and Jesus have helped him through “tragic times” in his life.
Based on the book of the same name by Greg Laurie and Ellen Vaughn, the film follows the true life story of youth minister Greg.
Kelsey plays pastor Chuck Smith who helps her spread the Christian movement in the late 1960s and early 1970s across the United States.
In a recent interview with USA Today, Kelsey said, “I had the hiccups. I have lived through tragic moments. I struggled with these and worked through them.
“Sometimes rejecting faith, sometimes even rejecting God, in a time of anger about it. Like, “Where have you been?” That sort of thing. But I accepted it and found great peace in my faith and in Jesus.
‘It’s not cavalier – Jesus has made a difference in my life. It’s not something I’m going to apologize for.
‘It’s really uplifting. It’s a good movie. My wife and I saw it together. She burst into tears and said, ‘That’s the best thing you’ve ever done.’
This comes after news that faith-based comedy-drama Jesus Revolution defied expectations and raked in an incredible $15 million in its opening weekend.
Despite being described as “bland” and a “slog” by some critics, the film proved a hit with American audiences, with a UK release date yet to be announced. .
It’s been reported that analysts believe Liongate’s release will gross $6-7 million in its first weekend, to shatter all expectations.
The official synopsis reads: “In the 1970s, Greg Laurie and a sea of young people descend on sunny Southern California to redefine truth by any means of liberation.
“Inadvertently, Laurie encounters a charismatic street preacher and a pastor who opens the doors of a church to a flood of wandering young people.”
“What is unfolding is a counter-culture movement that is becoming the greatest spiritual awakening in American history.”
The Los Angeles Times described the film as follows: “Unfortunately, despite the interesting story, the film itself is a dry, sparse slog, neutralized from all the thorny and contradictory details of the real story.”
Meanwhile, the Austin Chronicle gave the film a two-star review and Reel Reviews called it “bland made for TV movie.”
It comes after it was revealed that Only Fools and Horses star Nicholas Lyndhurst was busy filming the revival of Frasier, it has been confirmed – in his first major role since the death of his son.
The legend will appear in two episodes of the Paramount+ reboot of the American sitcom – which was a spin-off from Cheers – as Alan, a friend of Kelsey’s character Dr. Frasier Crane.
The 61-year-old actor – who played Rodney Trotter in Only Fools and Horses alongside Sir David Jason as his older brother Del Boy – will film his scenes in front of a studio audience in Los Angeles.
Kelsey is thrilled to have Nicholas on board after they became friends after starring together in the 2019 West End production of The Man From La Mancha.
A representative for Frasier said, “Frasier Crane into the next chapter of his life as he returns to Boston with new challenges to face, new relationships to forge and an old dream or two to finally achieve. Frasier has entered the building!
The new series will also star actress Toks Olagundoye as Olivia, a fellow Frasier, and Jack Cutmore-Scott as the son of psychotherapeutic radio presenter Freddy Crane.
Freddy is described as a mix of his father and grandfather, Marty Crane, a role played by John Mahoney, who died in 2019 aged 77 from complications from throat cancer.
The offspring of Frasier’s character description reads: “Years ago, Freddy rejected following in his father’s footsteps, dropping out of college to become a firefighter, and he never looked back until ’till now, when recent troubles have left him with no one to turn to. his life.’
News of the show – which will not involve its former co-stars David Hyde Pierce, Jane Leeves and Peri Gilpin – was confirmed last month after speculation dating back to 2021.
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