Jesus' mother gains spiritual, iconic import
by NANCY HAUGHT
For Hollywood screenwriters, it's all about character. Even when you're writing about the mother of Jesus.
"Character drives the story," says Mike Rich, the Portland screenwriter whose films include "Finding Forrester," "The Rookie" and "Radio."
"All my movies follow ordinary people doing extraordinary things."
His latest, "The Nativity Story," recounts the circumstances of Jesus' birth, mostly through the eyes of his mother, Mary. Played by 16-year-old Keisha Castle-Hughes, the radiant heroine of "Whale Rider," Mary is extraordinary enough, according to the New Testament, that God chose her to bear his son. She also is ordinary enough, according to many Christians, that she is the shining example of how to live a life of faith. [full article.]