‘We Started This Movie in Prayer’: Denzel Washington Gives Behind-The-Scenes Details on JOURNAL FOR JORDAN

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‘We Started This Movie in Prayer’: Denzel Washington Gives Behind-The-Scenes Details on JOURNAL FOR JORDAN

By Jessilyn Lancaster, Managing Editor

Director, actor and producer Denzel Washington didn’t hesitate when an eighth-grade girl asked him for words of wisdom.

“God is love,” Washington responded in a webinar for JOURNAL FOR JORDAN. “God is light. He shines his light and his love through us and we share His love with the world. In this time, at this time when we are spiritually on shaky ground, I believe from a spiritual perspective that God is talking to us now. He’s shut all of us up.

“He’s given us this plague if you will, and told each and every one of us to go back to our tents all around the world in an instant. And He said to us, in my humble opinion, ‘Take a look at yourself, take a look at your family, take a look at those that you love, appreciate them because God is love,” the director continued.

But the advice didn’t stop there.

“I start everything I do in prayer. We started this movie in prayer, we started the first day of shooting and prayer. God is love, and without purpose, there’s no existence, so find your purpose in your life. Whatever it is you love, whatever you’re passionate about, and you don’t have to know what it is at [14]-years old, but true desire in the heart for anything good is God’s proof since beforehand to indicate that is yours already in the limitless realm of supply and demand. I always say anything good you want you can have for the taking, so pray about it.”

Washington continued to share his faith throughout the conversation, frequently citing prayer and miracles for how the movie ultimately came together, crediting “many small miracles” during the filming.

JOURNAL FOR JORDAN is now available on digital and Blu-Ray.

According to the Movieguide® review:

A JOURNAL FOR JORDAN is a moving drama about a New York Times reporter telling her son how she fell in love with his father. Dana Canedy’s father introduces Dana to First Sergeant Charles King at a family holiday dinner. Romance blossoms, but, after 9/11, Charles is sent to Iraq. After seeing terrible fighting there on TV, Dana phones Charles and wants to have a baby with him. They decide to get married after their son, Jordan, is born. However, seven months after Jordan’s birth, Charles is killed in Iraq. When Jordan gets older, Dana gives him a journal his father wrote to him and talks to Jordan about his father.

Based on a true story, A JOURNAL FOR JORDAN is a lovely, well-acted drama about love, family, honor, pride, gratitude, and remembrance. It has equal amounts of joy, laughter and tears. A JOURNAL FOR JORDAN, which is directed by Denzel Washington, has a strong Christian, moral worldview, with strong patriotic moments. However, it has lots of foul language and a nude kissing scene between Jordan’s parents. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.

Washington says that he hopes the movie “touches people, [and teaches them] that it’s OK to believe, it’s OK to have faith, [and] it’s OK to pray.”

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