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WE CELEBRATE THE POWER

OF MAN!

[YELLING]

YOU WILL SEE THEM RACE

FOR GLORY.

YOU WILL SEE THEM FIGHT

FOR HONOR.

YOU WILL SEE THEM DIE FOR

YOU.

[YELLING]

YOU SHOULD HAVE STAYED

AWAY.

YOU SHOULD HAVE KILLED

ME.

I WILL.

Efrem: THAT'S A

PIVOTAL SCENE FROM THE

REMAKE OF THE CLASSIC FILM

BEN-HUR.

THE FILM IS THE FOCUS OF

THIS SPECIAL EDITION OF

"STUDIO 5."

I AM AN ARAB AND A HORSE

TRAINER WHO AGREES TO

ALLOW BEN-HUR TO RACE MY

CHARIOT.

THE 1880 NOVEL, BEN-HUR, A

TALE OF THE CHRIST.

WE HAVE MORE ON MORGAN AND

THE MOVIE IN A MOMENT.

BUT, FIRST, HERE IS YOUR

"STUDIO 5" TOP FIVE,

BEN-HUR EDITION.

COMING IN AT NUMBER

FIVE...

MY EARLIEST MEMORY OF

MY DAD IS FROM THEN.

George: CHARLTON

HESTON PLAYED THE ROLE OF

JUDAH BEN-HUR, BUT HE

WASN'T INITIALLY OFFERED

THAT ROLE.

THEY'RE CRIMINALS.

THEY'RE NOT CRIMINALS,

MARCELLA, THEY'RE

PATRIOTS.

IN THE END, STEVEN

PLAYED MARCELLA AND EARNED

THE GOLDEN GLOBE FOR BEST

SUPPORTING ACTOR.

> AT NUMBER FOUR: THE

BEN-HUR CHARIOT SCENES IS

ONE OF THE HARDEST ONES

EVER SEEN.

PRODUCERS FILMED THE SCENE

OVER FIVE WEEKS AT A BACK

LOT JUST OUTSIDE ROME.

[YELLING]

> NUMBER THREE IN OUR

TOP FIVE COUNTDOWN...

GOD HELP ME.

George: THIS SCENE

SHOWS BEN-HUR'S ENCOUNTER

WITH CHRIST.

AND IT'S WORTH NOTING THIS

IS THE ONLY HOLLYWOOD FILM

TO MAKE THE

VATICAN-APPROVED FILM LIST

IN THE CATEGORY OF

RELIGION.

> MOVING ON TO NUMBER

TWO:

IT IS A MUCH LESSER DAY

IN THIS SHIP.

George: MGM SPENT

$15 MILLION ON THIS

PRODUCTION.

THAT WAS A MASSIVE RISK

THE STUDIO TOOK TO SAVE

ITSELF FROM BANKRUPTCY.

IT PAID OFF WITH THE FILM

EARNING $75 MILLION.

> AND AT NUMBER ONE:

ARE YOU EVER FITTED TO

FIGHT BACK?

BUT YOU HAVE THE GOOD

TENSE TO CONTROL IT.

George: BEN-HUR WON

11 ACADEMY AWARDS,

INCLUDING THE BEST PICTURE

OSCAR.

"TITANIC" AND "LORD OF THE

RINGS" ARE THE OTHER TWO.

THIS IS GEORGE THOMAS WITH

YOUR TOP FIVE FROM "STUDIO

5" BEN-HUR EDITION.

GO WELL AND LIVE.

Efrem: MARK BURNETT

AND ROMA DOWNEY ARE THE

PRODUCERS BEHIND BEN-HUR.

THEY HAVE THE REPUTATION

OF MAKING FAITH FILMS THAT

APPEAL TO ALL AUDIENCES,

INCLUDING MOVIE-GOERS WHO

HAVE NEVER STEPPED FOOT

INSIDE A CHURCH.

I SAT DOWN WITH THE

HUSBAND AND WIFE TEAM TO

TALK ABOUT THE END OF

SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER.

THIS IS YOUR BEN-HUR

"STUDIO 5" INTERVIEW.

FROM AUTHENTIC CHARIOT

RACE SCENES FILMED WITHOUT

COMPUTER-GENERATED

GRAPHICS.

WE'RE PULLING FOUR REAL

HORSES.

Efrem: TO THE

STAR-STUDDED CAST.

THE WORLD YOU LIVE IN

IS ROME.

BARE POWER.

Efrem: THE TEAM

BEHIND THE NEW BEN-HUR

PULLED OUT ALL OF THE

STOPS TO MAKE SURE THE

REMAKE OF THE 1950s

CLASSIC LIVED UP TO ITS

11-TIME ACADEMY

AWARD-WINNING PREDECESSOR.

GOD HELP ME.

Efrem: PRODUCERS MARK

BURNETT AND ROMA DOWNEY

SAY TAKING ON BEN-HUR WAS

INTIMIDATING, BUT

DEFINITELY A PROJECT THEY

FELT CALLED TO DO.

WHEN GARY BARBER, THE

CHAIRMAN OF MGM, CAME TO

US, HAVING SEEN "THE

BIBLE" AND "SON OF GOD,"

AND REALIZED WHAT WE

BROUGHT TO THOSE PROJECTS,

HE THOUGHT WE WOULD BE A

GOOD ADDITION TO HIS TEAM.

ON BEN-HUR, WE TALKED IT

THROUGH, WE PRAYED ON IT,

AND WE DECIDED WE SHOULD

TAKE THE CHALLENGE BECAUSE

THE OPPORTUNITY MAY NEVER

COME ALONG AGAIN.

AND THAT WE WOULD BE ABLE

TO GUIDE AND PROTECT THAT

MESSAGE.

THAT STORY.

IN THE RIGHT WAY.

FOR A WHOLE NEW

GENERATION OF MOVIE-GOERS.

YES, THAT MOVIE WAS

SPECTACULAR.

BUT IT WAS 1959, SO IT WAS

A VERY LONG TIME AGO.

AND IT WAS ALSO A VERY

LONG MOVIE.

WE HAVE MADE AN ACCESSIBLE

MOVIE FOR THE AGES, A

MOVIE FOR A NEW GENERATION

OF MOVIE-GOERS.

AND WE'RE HOPING THAT

THROUGH THIS GREAT BIG

EPIC, ACTION/ADVENTURE

MOVIE, AUDIENCE FROM ALL

AGE GROUPS AND ALL FAITH

BACKGROUNDS WILL COME TO

THIS FILM, AND YET THEY

WILL BE TOUCHED BY THE

STORY OF THIS MAN'S

ENCOUNTER WITH JESUS

CHRIST AND HOW HIS LIFE IS

TRANSFORMED BECAUSE OF

THAT ENCOUNTER.

Efrem: THE CASTING,

THE FIRST VOICE WE HEAR

WHEN THIS FILM BEGINS,

IT'S MORGAN FREEMAN.

MORGAN FREEMAN, THE

MOST FAMOUS VOICE ON THE

ENTIRE PLANET.

Efrem: THAT SORT OF

SETS THE STAGE.

HIS ROLE IS PRETTY -- IT'S

ELEVATED BUT VERY

COMPELLING.

YES.

HE IS AMAZING.

YEAH.

IT IS HARD TO BE ANY -- IT

IS HARD TO HAVE ANY BETTER

WAY TO OPEN THIS MOVIE

THAN HIM SETTING THE STAGE

IN THAT VOICE.

THE RELATIONSHIP WITH

JUDAH BEN-HUR --

WRITTEN SO GREAT BY THE

ONE WHO WROTE MANY OTHERS,

STORY LINES THAT

INTERTWINE, IT IS AN

INTERESTING STORY.

IT HAS A LOT GOING ON.

AND THE END OF THE

MOVIE -- WITHOUT SPOILING

IT FOR ANYBODY WHO HASN'T

SEEN IT -- THERE IS A

MIRACLE WHERE THE HEALING

THAT HAPPENS IS -- IT

REALLY IS FOR ALL OF OUR

MAIN CHARACTERS.

WE SEE IT HAPPEN IN THE

HEART OF JUDAH BEN-HUR.

WE SEE IT IN THE COMING

TOGETHER OF THE BROTHERS.

AND WE SEE IT IN THE

CHARACTER PLAYED BY MORGAN

FREEMAN, WHERE HIS HEART

IS HEALED AND RESTORED.

AND, OF COURSE, WE SEE IT

IN THE MOTHER AND THE

SISTER AND IN THE MIRACLE

THAT OCCURS IN THEIR LIFE.

Efrem: AND WE TALK

ABOUT FORGIVENESS AND

ACCEPTING PEOPLE FOR WHO

THEY ARE, IT JUST SEEMED

LIKE THIS MESSAGE STILL

NEEDS TO BE TOLD.

WOULDN'T YOU AGREE?

YES, ABSOLUTELY.

AT OUR PRODUCTION COMPANY,

WE HAVE A MANTRA THAT IT

IS BETTER TO LIGHT ONE

CANDLE THAN TO CURSE THE

DARKNESS.

AND THROUGH OUR WORK,

WHERE WE CAN TRY TO DO

THAT, TO CREATE MOVIES

THAT HAVE AT THEIR HEART A

STORY OF INSPIRATION, A

STORY OF HOPE.

AND THIS FILM, I THINK,

CERTAINLY EMBODIES THAT.

AT A TIME IN OUR WORLD

WHERE WE ARE HURTING,

WHERE THERE IS A LOT OF

HEARTACHE, AND THAT THIS

STORY BRINGS HOPE AND A

REMINDER THAT THERE IS

ANOTHER WAY TO BE

TOGETHER.

AND THAT FORGIVENESS,

THROUGH GRACE, IS A WAY

FOR REDEMPTION.

Efrem: AND

CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN

ORDER FOR BEN-HUR PRODUCER

ROMA DOWNEY.

SHE RECENTLY EARNED HER

STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK

OF FAME.

> STILL AHEAD ON THIS

BEN-HUR EDITION OF "STUDIO

5"...

[YELLING]

Efrem: ...A LOOK

INSIDE TO BEN-HUR'S

CHARIOT RACE.

> THE SPEED AT WHICH

YOU'RE GOING,

INTIMIDATING?

YES.

I CHIPPED A TOOTH.

A STONE HIT ME IN THE

I'M A CHARIOT RACER.

IT'S LIKE OWNING RACE

CARS.

I OWN CHARIOTS AND HORSES.

AND HE PROVES TO BE QUITE

EFFECTIVE WITH HORSES.

I HAVE A VERY SICK HORSE.

WHICH HE MANAGES TO NURSE

BACK TO HEALTH.

SO I -- WE MAKE A DEAL.

HE IS TRYING TO GET BACK

TO JERUSALEM BECAUSE HE

DOESN'T KNOW THE

DISPOSITION OF HIS MOTHER

AND SISTER.

AND I NEED A DRIVER.

SO, HEY, YOU SCRATCH MY

BACK AND I'LL HELP YOU.

Efrem: THAT'S MORGAN

FREEMAN, WHO'S ENERGY I'M

CHANNEL IN THIS EDITION.

THE BEN-HUR STORY PITS

BROTHER AGAINST BROTHER

AND SLAVE AGAINST AN

EMPIRE.

IT IS SET IN BIBLICAL

TIMES, BUT STILL VERY

TIMELY TODAY.

HERE IS YOUR FIRST

EXTENSIVE LOOK AT THE

FILM.

NO MATTER WHERE YOU'RE

FROM, THIS IS YOUR BODY.

AND THAT DRUM IS YOUR HOT

SEAT.

AND YOUR GOD IS THE GLORY

OF ROME.

Efrem: BEN-HUR IS ONE

OF THE GREATEST STORIES

EVER TOLD.

AND PRODUCERS MARK BURNETT

AND ROMA DOWNEY ARE

DELIVERING NEW TWISTS AND

TURNS IN THIS $100 MILLION

FILM BASED ON THE MORE

THAN 130-YEAR-OLD CLASSIC

NOVEL WRITTEN BY GENERAL

LOU WALLACE.

CRUCIFY HIM.

NO!

Efrem: YOU GUYS DON'T

DO ANYTHING SMALL, DO YOU?

YEAH.

THIS REDEFINES EPIC,

DOESN'T IT.

I THINK THAT'S ONE OF THE

MOST INTERESTING THINGS

ABOUT BEN-HUR, IS THAT YOU

HAVE THIS FICTIONAL STORY

SET AT THIS TIME IN

JERUSALEM, AND IT GIVES A

REAL HISTORIC AND

POLITICAL CONTEXT TO THE

WORLD INTO WHICH JESUS WAS

BORN.

A VERY COMPLICATED TIME.

A TIME OF GREAT CIVIL

UNREST AND UNJUSTICE AND

HEARTACHE AND HURT FOR AN

ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF PEOPLE.

AND WE'RE FOLLOWING THE

JOURNEY OF THESE TWO

BROTHERS, JUDAH AND

MARCELLA, AND WE LITERALLY

JUST BUMP INTO JESUS IN

THE MARKETPLACE.

Efrem: JACK HOUSTON

PLACPLAYS JUDAH BEN-HUR.

YOU STAYED AWAY.

YOU SHOULD HAVE KILLED

ME.

Efrem: YOU INITIALLY

WEREN'T GOING TO TRY OUT

FOR THE ROLE OF JUDAH.

YOU WANTED TO BE MARCELLA,

CORRECT?

YEAH.

I THOUGHT I HAD A BETTER

CHANCE OF GETTING THAT.

I THINK MARCELLA IS ONE OF

THE GREAT CHARACTERS.

BUT IT WAS A NICE SEGUE

INTO JUDAH BECAUSE I THINK

IT GAVE ME A VERY DEEP

UNDERSTANDING OF MY

BROTHER.

AND A DEEP LOVE FOR MY

BROTHER.

Efrem: THE BROTHERS,

JUDAH AND MARCELLA, BATTLE

IN A FIERCE CHARIOT RACE,

WHERE LOSING COULD VERY

WELL MEAN DYING.

DYING.

> HOW MUCH HORSE

TRAINING DID YOU HAVE

BEFORE COMING TO BEN-HUR?

I WAS TAUGHT TO RIDE A

HORSE ON THE PRINCE OF

PERSIA, BUT THE TRAINING

ON THIS, WE ARRIVED, I

THINK, SIX WEEKS BEFORE

THE ACTUAL PRODUCTION.

AND EVERY DAY YOU'RE

LEARNING.

AND WE SHOT THE CHARIOTS

FOR THREE MONTHS OF THE

SIX MONTHS.

Efrem: TOBY KEBBLE

AND JACK HOUSTON DID NOT

USE STUNT DOUBLES FOR

THESE SCENES, EVEN AS

THEIR HORSES REACHED

RACING SPEEDS OF MORE THAN

40 MILES PER HOUR.

THE SPEED THAT YOU'RE

GOING DURING THE CIRCUS,

INTIMIDATING?

YES.

I CHIPPED A TOOTH.

A STONE HIT ME IN THE

TOOTH.

I GOT A WAD -- IT CAN ONLY

BE DESCRIBED AS A WAD OF

MOUTH FROTH THAT COVERED

MY WHOLE VISION.

SO I -- AND, OF COURSE,

THE DUST IS BEING KICKED

UP.

IT WAS ACTUALLY WONDERFUL.

I KNOW IT SOUNDS

REPULSIVE.

BUT IT WAS ACTUALLY A

GREAT EXPERIENCE.

Efrem: RIGHT.

DIRECTOR KEYMORE GUIDED

THE HORSE RACING

EXPERIENCE WITH CAMERAS AT

EVERY ANGLE.

HE WATCHED HOURS OF

NASCAR, FORMULA ONE, AND

MOTORCYCLE RACES TO

PREPARE.

> IN SHOOTING THIS, I

UNDERSTAND YOU GOT A LOT

OF INSPIRATION FROM

YouTube AND INSTAGRAM.

LESS GRAHA INSTAGRAM AND MORE

YouTube VIDEOS.

Efrem: HOW SO?

BECAUSE IT WAS

IMPORTANT TO MAKE THIS

MOVIE LOOK GOOD AND

RELATABLE.

AND IN TODAY'S WORLD, WE

ARE WATCHING YouTube

VIDEOS, AND IT IS WHAT WE

KNOW ABOUT THE WORLD, HOW

WE KNOW ABOUT THE WORLD.

BECAUSE WE'RE WATCHING

YouTube VIDEOS.

Efrem: THE CHARIOT

RACE IS WHAT MOST REMEMBER

FROM THE CRITICALLY

ACCLAIMED 1959 VERSION OF

THE FILM THAT STARRED

CHARLTON HESTON.

RETELLING THIS STORY IS AN

OPPORTUNITY MANY CAST

MEMBERS HOPED WOULD COME

THEIR WAY.

THIS IS A BIBLICAL PERIOD

PIECE.

HOW WOULD YOU SAY THIS

STORY IS RELEVANT TO 2016,

WHEN AUDIENCES ARE GOING

TO SEE THIS?

THIS STORY IS SO

RELEVANT TO TODAY.

THERE HAVE BEEN TIME WARS

THROUGHOUT HISTORY.

BUT RIGHT NOW YOU'RE

SEEING SO MUCH NEGATIVITY

AND YOU'RE SEEING SO MUCH

HATE SPEWED OUT IN

RESPONSE TO HATE.

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

SAID IT BEST, HATE DOESN'T

DRIVE OUT HATE.

ONLY LOVE CAN DO THAT.

AND THIS FILM IS ABOUT

LOVE CONQUERING HATE.

Efrem: THIS

PRODUCTION WAS SHOT IN

ROME, AT THE VERY SAME

LOCATION OF THE HIGHLY

SUCCESSFUL 1959

PRODUCTION.

> STILL AHEAD ON "STUDIO

5"...

*

Efrem: AND EPIC FILM

CALLS FOR AN EPIC

SOUNDTRACK.

WE'RE TAKING A LISTEN TO

SOME OF THE TUNES YOU'LL

MY NAME IS ANDREA DAY.

"THE ONLY WAY OUT" IS A

SONG THAT DAVE AND I WROTE

FOR THE MOVIE BEN-HUR.

THE TITLE IS IN REFERENCE

TO MERCY.

YOU CAN HARBOR THIS ANGER

TOWARDS PEOPLE IN YOUR

LIFE OR YOU CAN FORGIVE.

THE THEMES IN THE SONG ARE

THE SAME AS THE TEAMS IN

THE MOVIE.

BELIEVING IN YOURSELF,

PERSEVERING IN HOPE,

FAITH.

THE CONCEPT OF THE VIDEO

SHOOT WAS A STRAIGHT

EMOTIONAL CONVERSATION

BETWEEN MYSELF AND THE

AUDIENCE.

JUST TO PLANT THE SEED IN

THEIR MIND THAT SAYS, HEY,

MERCY IS YOUR DOOR TO

FREEDOM.

Efrem: MERCY IS YOUR

DOOR TO FREEDOM.

THAT'S THE VOICE OF ANDREA

DAY.

SHE WENT FROM SINGING

OUTSIDE A STRIP MALL BY

BEING DISCOVERED BY STEVIE

WONDER AND HIS WIFE, TO

GOING ON TOUR WITH LENNY

KRAVITZ.

HER SONG IS FEATURED IN

THE BEN-HUR SOUNDTRACK AND

IT IS WHAT IS PLAYING IN

MY EAR.

* I KEEP THINKING THAT I

HAVE TO MAKE IT FAR AWAY *

* FAR FROM YOUR BETRAYAL

* TO BRING ME PEACE OF

MIND *

* I WON'T LET YOU MOVE

ALONG *

* JUST WALK AWAY AND WEAR

A CAPE LIKE YOU'RE SOME

HERO *

* AND THE DRUMS ARE SO

PROUD *

*

* I'M HERE NOW

*

* AND THE DRUMS ARE SO

PROUD *

*

*

* IT'S THE ONLY WAY HOME

* MERCY IS THE ONLY WAY

OUT *

*

MERCY GAVE ME MY WAY OUT *

Efrem: DON'T YOU JUST

LOVE THE VOICE OF ANDREA

DAY?

THAT SONG IS AVAILABLE ON

THE BEN-HUR SOUNDTRACK,

ALONG WITH ANOTHER

BEAUTIFUL SONG FROM "FOR

KING AND COUNTRY," AND THE

TUNE IS TITLED,

"CEASE-FIRE."

* HOW DO WE SAVE A LIFE

POINTING FINGERS *

* HOW CAN WE END THIS LIFE

THIS WAY *

* ONE BLADE OF THE TRUTH

WE'RE PREACHING *

*

* WE WILL GO FOR A

CEASE-FIRE *

* WE WILL FIGHT FOR IT

* WE CAN REWRITE THE

HEADLINES *

* STANDING SIDE BY SIDE

* ONE BY ONE

* ONE BY ONE REACHING OUT

TO OUR ENEMIES *

* ONE BY ONE

*

STANDING SIDE BY SIDE *

* CEASE-FIRE

Efrem: STILL AHEAD ON

"STUDIO 5"...

IT IS VERY MUCH A PART

OF OUR FAMILY LIFE.

Efrem: THE GREAT

GRANDDAUGHTER OF THE MAN

WHO WROTE BEN-HUR SHARES

WHY THE STORY STILL

Efrem: WE ARE ALMOST

OUT OF TIME FOR THIS

BEN-HUR EDITION OF "STUDIO

5."

BEFORE WE GET TO THE FINAL

WORD, LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT

WHAT IS IN STORE FOR NEXT

WEEK'S "STUDIO 5."

I HAVE AN IDEA.

LET'S GO CHURCHING.

MAYBE YOU SHOULD JUST

GO.

I'M NOT GOING TO CHURCH

ALONE.

THEY'LL BURN ME AT THE

STAKE.

Efrem: "STUDIO 5" IS

GIVING YOU A SNEAK PEEK AT

A NEW ROMANTIC COMEDY "IN

LALAWFULLY YOURS."

WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO GET

INVOLVED IN THIS?

I HAVE BEEN VERY

BLESSED AND I HAVE A GREAT

CAREER.

BUT ONE OF THE THINGS I

TAKE GREAT PLEASURE IS

SHARING WHAT WE DO WITH

PEOPLE WHO WANT TO DO WHAT

WE DO, MAKE MOVIES.

Efrem: "STUDIO 5" IS

ONSET AS REGENT UNIVERSITY

STUDENTS BECOME

PROFESSIONAL FILM-MAKERS.

OH, HEY, HOW DO YOU

KNOW IF THIS IS THE ONE

TRUE RELIGION?

Efrem: GENERAL LOU

WALLACE WROTE BEN-HUR IN

1880, AND IT BECAME A

BEST-SELLER ACROSS

AMERICA.

I'M GIVING THE FINAL WORD

TO SOMEONE WHO KNOWS THE

STORY BETTER THAN ANYONE

ELSE.

WALLACE'S GREAT

GRANDDAUGHTER WHO SPENT

SIX MONTHS EDITING AND

REWRITING THE NOVEL IN

CONTEMPORARY LANGUAGE.

I DID GROW UP WITH THIS

STORY AS VERY MUCH PART OF

O OUOUR FAMILY LIFE.

IT IS ASTOUNDING, REALLY,

TO HAVE IT BACK AS A BIG,

VIVID, CULTURAL PROPERTY.

AS A BIG, VIVID, CULTURAL

EXPERIENCE THAT A LOT OF

PEOPLE ARE GOING TO HAVE.

I THINK THROUGH BEN-HUR WE

CAN EXPERIENCE THE PROCESS

OF DIGGING DEEP AND

FINDING MORE THAN YOU

THOUGHT YOU HAD IN YOU.

Efrem: SO DIG DEEP

AND YOU'LL FIND THERE IS

SO MUCH MORE IN YOU.

THAT IS THE FINAL WORD FOR

NOW.

UNTIL NEXT TIME, BE SURE

TO REACH OUT AND TOUCH ME

AT EFREM GRAHAM ON

INSTAGRAM, Facebook,

TWITTER, AND SNAPCHAT.

AND THEN COME ON BACK AND

SEE WHERE "STUDIO 5" TAKES

YO

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