- JFH (John DiBiase): I saw The Identical and I just want to say I honestly enjoyed it! Being in the Christian market, I’ve seen a fair share of “Christian films” and I’ve grown pretty skeptical of [the quality of] most of them when they’re pitched to us, so I wasn’t expecting to like it and I was pleasantly surprised. So I’m happy to be able to say that.
Blake: Aw, that’s awesome to hear. Y’know, it’s interesting; it is a faith-friendly film that I don’t feel is necessarily pushing an agenda in your face —
- JFH (John): No! And I like that about it actually.
Blake: Yeah, it’s kind of a refreshing, different take, and it was a pleasure to be a part of it for sure.
- JFH (John): Yeah, it just felt more genuine, or “natural” [in the way it portrayed faith].
Blake: Yeah, it was all Seth Green. I asked him “Why are you doing this film?” And he said, “Man, it’s really just a good story. And this story needs to be told.” And that’s what’s kind of nice about it too, because aside from everything else, whatever you want to take from it, you take from it, but at the end of the day, it’s a great story that can entertain people, too, y’know?
- JFH (John): Totally! What drew you to the film?
Blake: Well, *laughs* I mean, I didn’t pick the film, the film picked me first. I was in a rehearsal studio in Nashville with my band [Blake Rayne Band] and we were just rehearsing, getting ready to go out on tour, and at the same time, Yochanan Marcellino, the executive producer of The Identical, was at the same rehearsal studio looking to rent out space to rehearse music for the movie. And this was before they had any finalized script or anything. We ran into each other and we just started talking, and after a few weeks of meeting and whatnot, he said, “I don’t know if you can act, but if you can, I want to cast you as the lead role in this movie.” I’d never acted before, so it just kind of picked me, y’know?
Being in the business now–to whatever degree you can say I’m in the business of acting–I know it just never happens that way, so I was very fortunate. It was dumb luck.