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Faye Dunaway On New Film ‘The Case For Christ,’ Her Catholicism, Oscars Best Picture Mix Up | TODAY


>>SHE IS A HOLLYWOOD ICON WHO HAS STARRED IN SOME OF THE BIGGEST BLOCKBUSTER FILMS FOR FIVE DECADES.>>FAYE NAY DUNAWAY GRABBED OUR ATTENTION IN IN “BONNIE AND CLYDE” AND CHINA TOWN AND NETWORK. NOW SHE’S STARRING IN A NEW MOVIE CALLED “THE CASE FOR CHRIST.” AND TURNED TO PERSONAL BELIEVES FOR INSPIRATION.>>IT’S BASED ON THE CASE OF AN JOURNALIST LOOKING TO DEBUNK CHRISTIANITY I SAT DOWN WITH HER.>>I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THIS MOVIE THAT YOU’RE IN. I WAS SURPRISED TO SEE NUT CREDITS BECAUSE IT’S A FAITH FILM. IT’S NOT A HUGE BUDGET FILM IN TERMS OF HOLLYWOOD. WHAT DID APPEAL TO YOU ABOUT IT?>>WELL, THAT IT’S A FAITH STORY. I BECAME AWARE OF THIS GENRE MAYBE A YEAR OR TWO AGO AND I TOOK MY AGENT TO LOOK OUT FOR PROJECTS THAT I COULD DO BECAUSE I’VE BEEN A DEVOUT CATHOLIC SINCE THE BEGINNING OF MY CAREER.>>AN LOUIS NATIONS ARE LIKE DREAMS. THEY HAPPEN IN INDIVIDUAL MINDS. THEY DON’T SPREAD LIKE THE COMMON COLD.>>THE LEADING CHARACTER, PLAYED BY MITCH VOGEL, HE COMES TO YOU AS A PROFESSOR AND SEEKING GUIDANCE BECAUSE HE WANTS TO ACCOMPLISH WHAT?>>HE WANTS TO PROVE THAT JESUS DID NOT EXIST. HE WAS NOT THE SON OF GOD. HE DID NOT WALK THE EARTH AND WAS NOT RESURRECTED. AND I IN THE BEGINNING I SAY AS A FELLOW SKEPTIC, I CAN UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU’RE TRYING TO DO AND THEN SHE WENT ON TOP EXAMINE HERSELF MANY OF THE INCIDENTS.>>I THINK EVERYBODY SHOULD BE A BIT OF A SKEPTIC. GOD’S BIG ENOUGH FOR OUR QUESTIONS.>>I DON’T THINK NECESSARILY A SKEPTIC BUT YOU CAN INVESTIGATE A LOT.>>YEAH.>>AND YOU WILL BE ENRICHED BY IT.>>HAS YOUR PERSONAL FAITH BEEN A SOURCE OF COMFORT IN YOUR LIFE.>>YEAH, YEAH. I GO TO MASS. I TRY TO GO EVERY DAY. YOU KNOW, I GET INSPIRED. I FEEL BETTER ABOUT EVERYTHING.>>IT CENTERS YOU.>>AND I PRAY A LOT.>>YOU DO.>>YEAH.>>WHAT DO YOU PRAY FOR?>>MY SON MOST OF ALL THAT HE WILL BE WELL AND I ASK GOD TO TAKE CARE OF HIM AND KEEP HIM SAFE.>>A PARENT’S PRAYER.>>AND GUIDANCE, YEAH. AND GUIDANCE FOR ME.>>AND THE ACADEMY AWARD.>>IT’S THE LAST MOMENT OF THE ACADEMY AWARDS AND YOU GUYS HAVE THE GREAT HONOR OF ANNOUNCING THE BEST PICTURE.>>RIGHT.>>WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER MOST OF THAT EVENING.>MERCY. SO WARREN WAS SUPPOSED TO OPEN THE ENVELOPE. AND SAY THE AWARD GOES TO — AND PASS THE CARD TO ME TO BUILD SUSPENSE. I WAS FINALLY GOING TO SAY THE NAME OF THE FILM THAT WON.>>RIGHT.>>BUT IN THE MOMENT WHAT HAPPENED WAS WE CAME ON, HE OPENED THE ENVELOPE, PULLED THE CARD OUT AND HE DIDN’T SAY ANYTHING. HE PAUSED. HE LOOKED AROUND AND HE LOOKED OVER ME OFF STAGE HOPING SOMEONE WOULD BE THERE.>>LIKE COULD THIS BE RIGHT.>>HOPING SOMEONE WOULD BE THERE SAYING DON’T DO THIS. HE LOOKED BACK INTO THE ENVELOPE HOPING THERE WOULD BE ANOTHER CARD THERE. FINALLY I THOUGHT HE WAS YOU KNOW.>>DID YOU THINK HE WAS TEASE AGO.>>I SAID YOU’RE IMPOSSIBLE. THIS IS SOMETHING HE DOES. HE PAUSES. HE DOESN’T ANSWER YOU RIGHT AWAY.>>HE PLAYS WITH YOU.>>TEASES YOU AS PART OF HIS CHARM. I TEASED BACK AND I SAID YOU’RE IMPOSSIBLE. HE GAVE ME THE THE CARD. I READ THE NAME OF THE FILM.>>”LA LA LAND.”>>WHICH WAS WHAT I WAS SUPPOSED TO DO.>>YOU DON’T KNOW WHO THE WINNER IS. THAT’S WHAT THE CARD SAYS.>>THAT’S WHAT THE CARD SAID BUT A LOT OF REPERCUSSIONS ON THIS.>>OF COURSE.>>YOU’RE PLAGUED WITH WHAT COULD I HAVE DONE TO PREVENT THIS. THE FACT IS YOU COULDN’T HAVE DONE ANYTHING BECAUSE THE CARD WAS THE WRONG CARD GIVEN TO HIM. EVEN IF IT SAID EMMA STONE ON THE TOP I HAD TO SAY THE NAME OF THE PICTURE. SO I SAID THE NAME OF THE PICTURE. SOMEONE SAID NO, NO, NO, YOU DIDN’T WIN.>>YOU’RE CAUGHT IN THIS WHIRLWIND. WHAT WERE YOU THINKING THEN?>>IT WAS REALLY ONE OF THE WORST MOMENTS I’VE EVER HAD.>>MY, MY. THE THINGS THAT TURN UP IN THE STREET THESE DAYS.>>AND WHAT HAVEN’T YOU DONE YET IN YOUR LIFE EVEN OUTSIDE OF THE BUSINESS SOMETHING THAT NAGS YOU STILL I DO WANT TO DO THAT ONE?>>I’M A WORKAHOLIC IN A CERTAIN WAY. IT’S WHAT I WAS BORN TO DO, SORT OF STUDIED TO DO, HAPPIEST DOING. I’M VERY PARTICULAR. I’M VERY DETAIL ORIENTED AND WANT TO DO SOMETHING WELL. I THINK THAT’S THE TIME I’M HAPPIEST. A NEW PROJECT WOULD BE HAPPIEST I SUPPOSE.>>SUCH A PLEASURE. WHAT ARE AN HONOR.>>WHAT A GOOD INTERVIEW. SO MUCH INSIGHT FROM HER, RIGHT?>>I SPENT ABOUT AN HOUR. AND I JUST ENJOYED IT SO MUCH. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THE CASE FOR CHRIST IS IN THEATERS NOW. THE ACCOUNTING FIRM IN CHARGE OF HANDLING THE OSCAR RESULTS TOOK FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE MISTAKE ALTHOUGH THE GENTLEMAN I BELIEVE WHO GAVE THEM THE WRONG CARD WAS LET GO. THAT’S WHAT I HEAR.>>DO YOU THINK THAT STORY

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