It’s been revealed that during production of the hit Christian movie Jesus Revolution some of those involved in the filming gave their lives to Christ.
A number of cast members, extras, technicians and contractors were so moved by the film’s scenes of mass baptisms and salvations, they wanted to be baptised themselves.
Their spontaneous baptisms took place at the same California beach where many followers of the Jesus Movement were baptised in the late 60s and early 70s.
Jesus Revolution tells the story of a hippie-led revival and spotlights the ministries of Greg Laurie, Chuck Smith and Lonnie Frisbee.
Producer Kevin Downes and Co-Director Andy Erwin noticed the baptisms taking place behind the scenes of the movie set at Pirate’s Cove near Newport Beach south of Los Angeles.
They witnessed actor Jonathan Roumie who portrays Frisbee as well as Jesus in The Chosen performing baptisms.
They wrongly assumed he was practicing for his scene.
That was until the star yelled out: “Man, this is real. I’m baptising just like Greg Laurie taught me.”
Mr. Erwin explained that Greg Laurie was a hundred or so metres away: “A member of the cast had come to him. And he was baptising, without anyone knowing, a number of the cast.”
Mr. Downes added: “You could tell that something extraordinary just happened to them. And they were anticipating what their future was going to be like. It was just so precious.”
God “showed up in extraordinary ways,” Mr. Erwin proclaimed.
“There’s always miracles, movies don’t get made without miracles,” he added.
“But I’ve never had anything like what happened on Jesus Revolution.”
Christian Headlines reports the movie has already earned A$75 million — at least three times its production cost.
It officially opens in Australian cinemas on April 20.