American-British actor Andrew Garfield, who plays a 17th century Jesuit priest in director Martin Scorsese's "Silence" film, revealed that he was transformed while studying for the role, and found it surprisingly easy to "fall in love" with Jesus Christ.
Garfield spoke at length with the National Catholic Review magazine about his experiences preparing for the movie, which focuses on the persecution of Christians in Japan, and revealed that he took part in a Jesuit retreat aimed at seeking the will of God in one's life.
"There were so many things in the exercises that changed me and transformed me, that showed me who I was ... and where I believe God wants me to be," the actor said.
"What was really easy was falling in love with this person, was falling in love with Jesus Christ. That was the most surprising thing," he added.
"That was the most remarkable thing ... falling in love, and how easy it was to fall in love with Jesus."
Garfield, who is also famous for playing Marvel hero Spiderman, suggested that he felt frustrated that others had given Jesus a "bad name," and that Christianity has not always been used for good.
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