My apologies to everyone involved in the film for my comments. Williard had a
unique look , the kind of face you can see in civil war photos. You just cant
find an actor with his face. My point was the actor just didnt look the age of
To DHuber - Palmyra, NY, I can't figure out your point? Are you critical of
the age difference? Do you object to movie scenes that don't resemble
Palmyra? You realize, don't you, this isn't a documentary about
Palmyra, nor is it about the age difference? The movie is about overcoming
hostility with kindness; it is about finding acceptance in the face of
obstacles. I fail to see how the factors you brought up relate to the theme of
I read this book a year or so ago--very inspiring and interesting. Thanks T.C.
Christensen for all your efforts to make church history so enjoyable for all of
us. And thanks, Rand Packer for writing about the story in the first place.
I am the author of the Book A Lion and Lamb and Historical Advisor to the movie,
The Fighting Preacher and also the son of Palmyra Bean and grandson of Willard
and Rebecca Bean. Here are the true facts concerning casting of the movie.Willard was 46 and Rebecca was 23 years of age when they were married
shortly before they arrived in Palmyra. In the movie, Dave McConnell (46) plays
Willard and Cassidy Hubert (26) plays Rebecca, almost an exact fit. I have hundreds of pictures of my mother, Palmyra as a little girl and the
resemblance of Scarlett Hazen, who plays Palmyra, is remarkable. Even when
Palmyra is portrayed in her young adult years with her brother, Pliny, the
resemblance is still remarkable.T.C. Christensen has done a
masterful job in his casting and portrayal of the actors in The Fighting
Preacher.Rand H. Packer
@DHuber Always someone to criticize. Could have tolerated the post except for
the last sentence, which was totally unnecessary. And for those of us who do not
know the story, does the age miscasting or how Palmyra looked like take away
from the story in any way? I don't think it does to any degree.I'm grateful for the talents of T.C. Christensen, who brings us great
stories to the big screen. I can't wait to see the movie and hope it comes
to my town.
Looks awesome. I'm so glad there are people like TC Christensen to tell
these stories that most people had never heard.
Looks Good!!. Thank goodness someone can make good family movies.
I know this story and it is one of the best Church history stories I've
ever read or heard. I can't wait to see the movie. I'm glad more
people will get to know this wonderful story and family. Thanks for making it!!
Love everything T.C. does! We have watched Cokeville Miracle four times. Get
choked up every time.Ephraim's Rescue was my favorite. But then we
trekked as a couple at Martin's Cove all summer in 2016 and 2017.
What a miscasting age wise. Willard Bean was 47 and 22 years older than his
second wife when they got here. Palmyra also looked nothing like that depicted.