Friday, January 9, 2009
The Real Hollywood’s Book Chat welcomes author Jerry Pollock, author of Messiah Interviews: Yesterday, we highlighted the book and told you about the author. Today, he shares his book with us and tells us who he picks as his favorite actor and actress.
About the Book:
Ever since the Creation of Adam and Eve, man has grappled with knowing whether life exists after death. Because humans achieve the possible, while God accomplishes the impossible, only the Creator knows our fate and destiny at the End of Days. Scientist Jerry Pollock weaves his Messiah Interviews story of an imperfect life on Earth with an imaginative account of being interviewed in Heaven to be the Messiah. The writing becomes a testament to Divine morality, and to finding truth and sincerity in one’s heart.
As readers embark on a journey of knowledge and understanding, they’ll join Jerry on an exploration of the implications of biblical history on our modern world. Through a series of unexplainable events, Jerry empowers readers to decide if an additional personal spiritual effort is worth making in this life, in order to possibly gain entrance to an uncertain futuristic Garden of Eden, the Messianic Age. In a process of the dreamlike interviews with biblical personalities―the angel Gabriel, Methuselah, Chanoch, Seth, King David, Moses, Jacob, Abraham and the prophet Isaiah―Jerry is forced to bear his soul and his own hidden demons.
As human beings, we are all flawed. That’s how the Creator made us. During the course of reading the book, readers have the opportunity to ponder the improvement of their own imperfections, in order to meet the requirements set out in the Messiah Interviews for admission into a future blissful life at the End of Days. The book is God-centered and discusses, briefly or at length, various topics, including The Ten Commandments, Creation, Evolution, Good and Evil, Primal Therapy, Bipolar Disorder, Resurrection, Aging, Twelve Tribes of Israel, Monotheistic Religions, Third Temple, Messiah, and the Messianic Age.
Hi Dr. Jerry Pollock,
Welcome to The Real Hollywood Blog,
Jerry: Thank you. It’s my pleasure to be having this honest exchange with you.
RH: If your book were sold for movie rights which actor/actress would you want to play the main character?
Jerry: Without question, Robin Williams. My book, the Messiah Interviews would actually be better as a stage play, perhaps a movie, because of the interview format of the book, where the main character, Yoseph, is questioned by his biblical interviewers – the angel Gabriel, Methuselah, Chanoch, Seth, King David, Moses, Jacob, Abraham, and the prophet Isaiah. The first eight interviews take place in the Third Temple in Heaven and the final interview with Isaiah takes place in the future Third Temple on earth. Seven of the biblical figures are the Seven Shepherds or Seven Princes that will assist the Messiah at the End of Days. The book focuses on the Messianic Age, the second Garden of Eden, and what it takes for each of us to get there. God gives us a lifetime to improve our moral character, but we seem to continually choose wrong over right. The role requires an actor that can play a dramatic role and bring a sense of humor to the part. Robin Williams is a wonderful actor and he has acted in Heavenly roles.
RH: Who would you want to play the supporting characters?
Jerry: I’m partial to actors that have Shakespearian training. I grew up in Toronto and was exposed to Shakespeare’s plays in High School. Christopher Plummer comes to mind as does Kenneth Brannagg. William Shatner is Canadian with a Shakespearian background I believe. I would also choose character actors like Tom Wilkinson and Alan Arkin. Brad Pitt surprisingly has a lot of versatility as does Al Pacino, so both of them might be a terrific King David and prophet Isaiah, respectively. Pacino did King Richard in the park in New York. Omar Sharif is better than ever and Sean Connery still has the magic in some of his roles like Finding Forrester. There are others. Some of the greats unfortunately are now deceased. I’m an old time movie buff but I’m not so good at this new stuff. I loved the old time classic actresses like Betty Davis, Joan Crawford, Katherine Hepburn, Barbara Stanwyck, Anne Bancroft, etc. All About Eve with Davis and Anne Baxter was an amazing movie as was the Thorn Birds TV series with Stanwyck. I would also have to add Richard Chamberlain to my list. And Kate Hepburn with Bogey in The African Queen. Well that’s hard to top.
RH: If your book was already sold for movie rights tell how it felt to be approached by Hollywood and what the journey has been like.
Jerry: I would love to be approached.
RH: Who is your favorite actor and/or actress?
Jerry: My favorite actor was Alec Guinness. Like Laurence Olivier once said, “most actors play their roles from the outside in; Alec and I develop the character from the inside out.” Those guys were something else. They came up through the English Theater system. I loved Guinness in the Lavender Hill Mob. Today, I like Merryl Streep as my favorite living actress. She would have to be the female Guinness equivalent with her range and depth. When I was a youngster, I was in love with Elizabeth Taylor. God, she was beautiful in a Place in the Sun with Montgomery Clift.
RH: Is there a movie you could watch over and over again?
Jerry: Yes, Stalag 17. I loved William Holden and this movie was the greatest. Holden was not a great actor but he had great roles. I have watched Stalag 17 over and over again and see it every time it comes on TV. Did you see Holden and Kim Novak in Picnic or Holden and Guinness in the Bridge on the River Quai? I like to watch the Marx Brothers movies as well. I still laugh with Groucho, Chico, and Harpo. I’m 67, so my grandchildren don’t have a clue as to the oldies.
RH: Who is your favorite author? What books have you read by this author?
Jerry: Probably Nelson DeMille because of his story telling ability. I have read The Charm School, By the Rivers of Babylon, Plum Island, The Cathedral, etc. He writes with a sense of humor.
RH: What is next on the horizon for you?
Jerry: Well right now, I’m busy marketing my books, Divinely Inspired: Spiritual Awakening of a Soul and Messiah Interviews: Belonging to God. When I have some time, I would like to write the screenplay for the Messiah Interviews. Of course, I would have to learn to write a screenplay. Divinely Inspired is a spiritual memoir and is a prequel to the ‘not so fictional’ novel, Messiah Interviews. A third book in this trilogy ought to be written and I may do so when I gain more spiritual insight. If anyone reading my words knows anyone who could help with a stage play of the Messiah Interviews, I would be most appreciative of your assistance. You can email me at either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
RH: Where can my readers find your website?
Jerry: Go to either www.shechinahthirdtemple.org or www.thirdtempleinfo.com
Be sure to visit my Blog to find out about me and the books. I’m just learning to Blog.
I thank you Jerry for sharing your book with The Real Hollywood Blog and I wish you continued success on your virtual book tour.
And thank you to The Real Hollywood Blog for your kindness and for allowing me to share with your readers. I wish you all the very best in the New Year.