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A Ruther­glen ac­tor is about to give a voice to one of Scot­tish history’s most con­tro­ver­sial fig­ures.

Stu­art Fal­coner will play the voice of re­li­gious fire­brand John Knox in a new doc­u­men­tary that will pre­miere next week.

En­ti­tled “Knox”, the film has been put to­gether by Trin­ity Dig­i­tal Film and was made by a group of young grad­u­ates af­ter the £29,000 for the pro­ject was crowd­funded.

Film­ing took place in the UK, Switzer­land and Ger­many, and Stu­art hopes it will be picked up for wider dis­tri­bu­tion so peo­ple can see another side to the man who is cred­ited with start­ing the Pres­by­te­rian form of wor­ship.

Stu­art ( 50), from Cathkin, said: “I’m ex­cited about it, it was a bril­liant part to play.

“He was a guy that was, for his time, a bit of a rebel and I think he’s been kind of mis­un­der­stood. His wife dy­ing had a big im­pact on him.

“I think you’ve got to ad­mire the strength of his con­vic­tions.

“You get politi­cians who are great speak­ers but then when they speak to you they can charm you. He was a bit like that, he was more than just a preacher, he was like a politi­cian.

“The film will chal­lenge a few myths. Peo­ple only re­ally know him as the fire­brand, like an older Pas­tor Jack Glass, but he was much more than that.”

Knox was a lead­ing fig­ure in the Scot­tish Ref­or­ma­tion. Greatly in­flu­enced by Ge­orge Wishart, He was cap­tured by the French when they be­sieged St An­drew’s in 1547 and spent time in cap­tiv­ity on a French Gal­ley be­fore be­ing re­leased into ex­ile in Eng­land.

He fled Eng­land when Mary Tu­dor as­cended to the throne and trav­elled to Switzer­land and Ger­many, meet­ing Protes­tant re­former, John Calvin along the way.

Af­ter re­turn­ing to Scot­land he over­saw the com­ple­tion of the Ref­or­ma­tion. His meet­ings with Mary Queen of Scot’s have gone into leg­end with the per­cep­tion be­ing of the Protes­tant re­former lec­tur­ing the Catholic Queen.

But Stu­art in­sists the pair weren’t as far apart as they pos­si­bly ap­peared: “I don’t think it’s en­tirely true they hated each other.

“If you look into the history of it, they were not as bad en­e­mies as folk imag­ine.

“He could talk to peo­ple, it wasn’t al­ways fire and brim­stone.”

The pre­miere will take place in John Knox House on Ed­in­burgh’s Royal Mile on Au­gust 4.

Stu­art is also set to start shoot­ing a fea­ture film later this year, but in the mean­time he hopes Knox will be picked up for wider dis­tri­bu­tion.

He said: “I’m re­ally not sure what will hap­pen with it. I hope peo­ple get what we are try­ing to do.

“He’s the founder of the Pres­by­te­rian church, it’s only right he gets some recog­ni­tion.”

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