Los Angeles, Calif., Mar 19, 2016 / 05:33 am
In his new film, "The Young Messiah," Director Cyrus Nowrasteh knew that he needed to break the mold when it came to depicting Jesus' foster-father, St. Joseph.
"I think in other films that have been done over the years, he's just kind of wallpaper, he's just kind of hanging around and frankly, not distinctive at all," Nowrasteh told CNA. "I thought to myself, 'That could not be the case.'"
Even though Joseph has no recorded words in the Gospel, Nowrasteh sensed that he "must have been strong and morally upright" given the "really heavy responsibility" God gave him in raising the Son of God and being the husband to the Mother of God.
In his new film that hit theaters March 11, Nowrasteh made sure that Joseph was a leading character and the strong decision maker of the family.