MAN OF GOD
Philip Glenister on keeping the faith…
How would you describe the Reverend?
Reverend Anderson is the local preacher boy. He’s quite an upstanding figure within the community. He specialises in exorcisms. We’re on episode five right now, and he’s out to prove that what he does is worthwhile. During the course of the series we come to see that he starts questioning his own beliefs and his own faith and his own ability in doing what he does.
Did you learn anything from watching “real” exorcists?
No. I know they’re on YouTube. I need to look at them… When I was shooting the pilot I had a few days off and I was watching TV in my hotel room and I started watching some of these religious channels with these preachers. I was kind of riveted by their power, their ability to sell this idea to their flock, if you like. It’s a real performance. In episode two I do a big three-page sermon warning about demons. So I played that deadly fire and brimstone. And I thought, “This is Elvis in a dog collar!”
What’s your relationship with religion?
I don’t have one.
Does it have a relationship with you?
Not if I can help it… I respect people who have faith. Personally, I never was a church-going kid, didn’t come from a religious family. And as I got older and saw the role religion has played in the instability of our planet… I don’t personally have a lot of time for it.