Robert Redford is in talks to portray Oral Roberts in biopic

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  • A Scientist Provo, UT
    May 28, 2014 10:17 a.m.

    No matter how you feel about Oral Roberts, there can be no question he lived a remarkable life. How many people can claim they have raised several people from the dead, especially in this day and age? His "prosperity gospel" and faith healing ministries, as well as his "conversion" from Pentacostalism to United Methodism, and his dramatic influence on televangelism was ahead of his time. He was widely popular, highly controversial, and left a significant legacy on the country that will continue for much longer. It is a great American story, and Robert Redford would do the part justice.

    If Vincent Price can portray Joseph Smith, I see no reason why Redford cannot portray Oral Roberts.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    May 27, 2014 6:43 a.m.

    @Willard Smith 12:07 p.m. May 26, 2014

    If you read the article, you would see that Robert Redford was approached concerning the part of Oral Roberts, not the other way around. There is no factual basis for the claim that "Robert Redford has convinced some other person to finance this movie wherein a liberal-minded actor portrays a conservative or religious character which the liberal-minded actor privately despises" or that "Robert Redford convinced the person that the "Redford" name was enough to insure that unlike a half dozen similar themed movies, his wouldn't be yet another box office disaster."

    I get the point that you don't like anything or anyone who is even sligfhtly to the left of the far-right fringes politically. Still, a fact-based comment and not a politically-biased rant would be a better way to address this issue.