Filming begins on movie about boxer-turned-priest

Fr Stuart Long (CNA/Diocese of Helena)

Filming has begun on Stu, which tells the story of American priest Fr Stuart Long, a one-time boxer who became a priest and died in 2014. Source: America Magazine.

Catholic actors Mark Wahlberg and Mel Gibson star in the project – Wahlberg as the priest and Gibson as his father. Variety, a show business magazine, reported Wahlberg has added a lot of weight to play the role.

Gibson’s girlfriend, Rosalind Ross, with whom he has a 4-year-old son, wrote the script – she’s written two other films in the past decade – and is directing her first feature film. Wahlberg is listed as one of the producers of the movie, which has no release date set.

Stu also features Mexican actress Teresa Ruiz and veteran Australian actress Jacki Weaver.

Fr Long attended Catholic schools but alienated teachers and students alike as he turned away from the faith. While attending a Catholic college he found a release in boxing. When that proved unsuccessful, he went to Hollywood to try his hand in the movie industry. That, too, wasn’t panning out when one day, his motorcycle was hit by one car and he was run over by a second vehicle.

While he was in hospital, he rediscovered his faith and set out to pursue the priesthood, going to Benedictine-run Mount Angel Abbey in Oregon. He was soon diagnosed with a rare degenerative muscle disease. At the time of his ordination, Fr Long was using crutches. Eventually, he ministered in Montana using a motorised wheelchair.

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Catholic actors Mark Wahlberg and Mel Gibson begin filming movie about boxer-turned-priest (By Mark Pattison, CNS via America Magazine)

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