The Taser's Edge

Sometimes he talks to the Lord, and sometimes he yells at the Lord

Tonight I watched Robert Duvall’s The Apostle for the first time since high school (several years back now).  I had forgotten how good some of those scenes are:

I always am interested by characterizations of Christians in popular media (not to say that an indie film is necessarily “popular” but the medium is).  A lot of the time Christians are just so flat or else they’re caricatures.  I like them best when they, as Frederick Buechner has popularized the image from Daniel, have “feet of clay”–plenty of human messiness and conflictedness about them.  And thus my favorite representation of a Christian, the most authentic I know, is Benicio del Toro’s character, Jack Jordan, from 21 Grams.  Conflicted, messed up, utterly in need, and utterly real.  I would love to give you a good clip that would show you this, but apparently the makers of 21 Grams are incredibly efficient at policing YouTube.

The following was the best I could come up with, and while it has an interesting picture of a Christian preacher, it unfortunately doesn’t show off del Toro’s character.  I guess you’ll have to watch the movie.  At the same time I wouldn’t recommend it if you can’t take a couple of truly intense hours.

And if you’ve got a favorite fictional Christian, feel free to comment about it.

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I did a post on “The Apostle” and how it communicates the grace of God. Here is the link to it. Let me know what you think:


Comment by dpcpastor


Thanks for the comment. Check out “21 Grams” too. As few evangelicals watched The Apostle, I’m sure that fewer watched 21 Grams.

Everybody else,

I don’t know if you ever follow WordPress’s “Possibly related posts,” but you should check out There are several of those that I haven’t seen. The only thing I have a qualm with is that I don’t need “flattering” portrayals of Christians, just realistic and nuanced ones.

Comment by tasersedge

I have loved Duvall ever since I saw “The Apostle.”

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