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THE MOVIE: The Nativity Story

Keisha Castle-Hughes • Oscar Isaac • Shorhreh Aghdashloo
DIRECTOR: Catherine Hardwicke

The birth… THE CONCEPT:
Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen) directs the story of the Nativity, chronicling the miraculous pregnancy of Mary, as she and her husband Joseph journey 100 miles, from their home in Nazareth to Bethlehem, Joseph’s ancestral home, to register for a census ordered by King Herod, where Mary will give birth to Jesus in a manger.

U.S. RELEASE: December 1 2006, Nationwide
• Rated: PG


MARTY BOWEN (Producer) on Keisha Castle-Hughes’ real pregnancy at the age of 16:
“She’s really wonderful in the movie and we all grew to love her as a person, so all we can do is pray for her, love her and support her. Ultimately we hope people will embrace the movie for its merits.”

WYCK GODFREY (Producer):
“I admire her; I think she made a very courageous decision to keep this child, that’s not an easy thing for a young girl to do. There’s a great line in the movie, ‘There’s a will for this child, greater than my fear of what they may do,’ and Keisha’s stood by that, and I really respect her and admire her for it.”

“When I did the research and found out that Mary was 13 or 14 years old, I immediately thought of my girls at 13, like Nikki and Evan [Nikki Reed and Evan Rachel Wood, who starred in Harwicke’s Thirteen] what if they were in this circumstance where everybody else scorned them, nobody believed them, it just started drawing me in. I wanted to explore what it would it feel like to be going through this amazing journey, and how do you find that inner faith to continue?”

“I just tried to approach Joseph like any other character. How is he a real person? How is he like me? How is he not like me? I didn’t know anything really about him. He was always in the back, you never really knew how integral his role was and how it almost wouldn’t have happened had he made a couple of different choices. So it really brought him to the forefront for me playing him.”

SHOHREH AGHDASHLOO (Elizabeth, John the Baptist’s mother:
“When I was offered the role, I started to do research on Elizabeth and unfortunately there isn’t much said about her. There are only a few lines in the Gospel of Luke in the New Testament and also an A to Z Bible with 3500 characters. It says in the Bible that although she was barren, God gave her a baby in her senior years, and I assume that senior means when you don’t produce eggs, so she must have been somewhere between 45 and 55.”

HARDWICKE on the movie premiering at the Vatican:
“I don’t know if it’s even sunk in yet. I knew there was the possibility, but I really didn’t want to believe that it was going to [happen]. I just couldn’t dare to dream about it. It’s an incredible honor. What do you wear to the Vatican?” [she laughs]

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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