“In conclusion, may I remind you, it does not say ‘RSVP’ on the Statue of Liberty,” concludes Cher Horowitz in the 1995 film Clueless.
Actors Adam Driver, Andrew Garfield, Alden Ehrenreich, and Lucas Hedges all try their hands at delivering one of the most iconic passages of the cult '90s film — so who makes the best Alicia Silverstone?
“In conclusion, may I remind you, it does not say ‘RSVP’ on the Statue of Liberty,” concludes Cher Horowitz in the 1995 film 'Clueless.’ Actors Adam Driver, Andrew Garfield, Alden Ehrenreich, and Lucas Hedges all try their hands at delivering one of the most iconic passages of the cult '90s film — so who makes the best Alicia Silverstone?
“The majority of my process in playing a priest in Silence was
praying. I’d never really prayed before, and I developed a relationship
with a power greater than myself—call it God, call it love, call it what
you will. It became very natural to me, and I realized that we’re all
praying all the time. There’s that human impulse to worship and to long
for a connection to the divine. Unfortunately, in our culture we are
driven to worship things that are false and empty. I had a year of
exploring this idea of what we are truly longing for and how we actually
go to the places that can feed that longing. We all get glimpses of
eternity every day. It’s just a question of whether we’re looking up
from our iPhones long enough to notice.”
“It was incredibly nerve-racking,” says Garfield, who then was completing The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
He was hired with a year to go before the actual shoot, turned down everything else and immersed himself in the literature of the Jesuits, meeting regularly with Father James Martin, a priest who served as an adviser on the movie.
“He gave me spiritual direction as if I were a Jesuit in training,” says Garfield. “It became a very personal journey for me, a dual journey: It was me and Rodrigues, walking together, so that I could allow the events of the story to affect me in the way that a young, ambitious, intelligent, articulate, learned Jesuit would respond to being dropped into the front lines of the battle for Christianity.”
With Driver cast as the other lead missionary, the two young actors were sent to a Jesuit retreat in Wales, where Garfield completed the arduous Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola.
“It’s almost like a 12-step program,” he explains. “In fact, it’s the basis for a lot of 12-step programs, a longform meditation and prayer spent imagining the life of Christ, story by story, gospel by gospel, and sitting with his teachings, sitting with him as he discovers who he is in the wilderness, and really meditating upon his life and even crucifixion.”
By the time of the shoot, he says, “I was filled up with all this information and all this longing to spread the teachings of Christ, which I truly started to adore.”