The Resurrection of Gavin Stone (2016) Script

And that wraps it up for today's pop culture and celebrity news.

Now, let's throw it over to our very own Nikki Boyer for this week's "where are they now?" Segment.

In tonight's "where are they now?" Segment, we take a look at child star Gavin stone.

Twenty years ago, stone shot to small-screen stardom as cliffy in the smash sitcom family life.

And had seemingly every kid in America saying...

Don't look at me.

His legendary manager, star maker, Jack Roth, parlayed that into merchandise, a cliffy DVD, and after family life's cancellation, a couple of movies.

And then, tragedy struck.

The unexpected death of Gavin's mother ultimately led to a messy emancipation from his now estranged father, Waylon.

Exercising his newfound freedom, Gavin became a fixture on the party scene.

But, five years ago, his fast living finally caught up with him.

After consecutive stints in rehab, stone has been mostly out of the public eye.

Otherwise, his career has stalled.

Even his former director and creator of family life, Mike Meara, reportedly didn't even audition stone for Meara's new TV series.

Ouch. It looks like his career will remain quiet for a while, much to the delight of movie critics.

So there you have it, "where is he now?"

Gavin, I'm your manager, not a miracle worker.

The party went too far this time.

You trashed the entire rooftop of a hotel.

Take a look.

Memory still failing you?

Is that a catapult?


Gavin, listen, the damage is your fault.

This judge won't budge on community service.

Community service?

Maintenance at a local church.


Like, god and choirs and all that?

Or sewage cleanup.

Is there a difference? Gavin. Take the deal.

Spend 200 hours of your life doing something positive for a change.

In Masonville, Illinois?

I got out of here for a reason.

Please, guys, remind me never to visit again.

You got no choice, okay?

So, I want you to deal with this, and I want you to make it work.

Reconnect with your old man.

You're gonna need a place to stay.

I prefer jail.

Okay, fine. The church thing.

Be on time, be respectful.

You listening? Yes.

Don't screw this up.

How could I?

I'll fit right in.

This is Mike Meara. Who are you?

Hey, hey, Mikey. Gavin stone.

Just wanted to see if you needed, uh...


To leave your message, press two.

To re-record, press three.

Mike, my man.

Hey, still owe you that drink from a few years back.

Good day, Mr. Meara. I just wanted to reintroduce myself.

My name is Gavin stone.

It'll be fine.

He's your dad. Just tell him what happened.

Tell him you're sorry.

He'll be fine.

Well, thanks for the ride.

Good luck.


You in trouble?


A little.

What kind?

The kind where you can't leave the state until you've completed your community service hours.

What did you do this time?

Long story.

You clean?

Yes. Are you clean?

Dad, yes.

Been a while.

Yeah. Yeah, it has.

Place looks nice.

No, it doesn't. Not yet.

Well, you know, you finished the outside...

Eight years ago.


Um, look, I'm just gonna come out with it.

I need a place to stay.

Low on cash, and I don't have a gig, so...

Say what you need to say.

It's been a one-man band around here for a long time.

Yeah, I know.

But if you have a spare room, I promise I'll stay out of your way.

I don't have maid service.

This isn't the motel 6.

If you're out late, the light's not left on for you.

How long are you gonna be around?

Uh, two hundred hours.

And unless you can drive me, I'm gonna need to borrow the truck.

The 16th birthday truck that you turned down

'cause you wanted to buy a Vette, that truck?

Yes, dad, that is the one.

Have at it. Thank you.

Oh, I gotta be at Masonville Bible church. You've ever been there?

I go to about as many church services as you do.

Well, this should be fun.

Come on.

Thank you, father, for this opportunity we have...

Toto, we are not in Los Angeles anymore.


Hey, do you know where the pastor's office is?

I do.

You're Gavin stone. All right.

Let's do it fast, man. You got your phone?

I'm sorry? I'm happy to do a selfie. You're a fan, right?

Of what? Me, the show...

I mean, you recognized me, right?

Should I? How did you know my name?

It was printed at the top of your rap sheet.

I'm Allan Richardson. Pastor Allan Richardson.


So, why are you fixing the... Because it's broken.

"Drink from your own cistern." Proverb, sort of.

And at 30 bucks an hour, always better to fix it yourself.

I didn't know pastors did that.

Well, I guess you haven't met many pastors.

The catapult was a nice touch. Quite a party, huh?

They gave you the pictures.

I've been a pastor for decades. Nothing shocks me anymore.

I really wasn't a part of... Yeah, they told me the story.

You're not the best decision maker, but you're no criminal.

So, we don't need to share with anybody why you're here.

It's a big church, you'll fly under the radar, everybody'll treat you great.

Okay. Got it.

Gavin, we really do believe in second chances here.

But they're not to be taken lightly.

200 hours means 200 hours.

And don't just think because I'm the "caring pastor" that you're gonna put one over on me.

Got it?

Got it. Good.

So, father...

"Pastor" is fine. Or just Allan.

Okay. Yeah, Allan...


What is it exactly that I'll be doing?




Uh... What are you doing?


Sorry, I'm not, uh...

You know, just cleaning.

Where is Helen?

I'm just filling in for Helen.

Okay, well, you need to put a sign because this is the women's bathroom.

Yup. Should have done that, yeah.

Do I know you from somewhere?

You recognize me?

I don't think I've seen you around here before.

You can figure it out later.

Maybe over coffee or deep-dish pizza.

You guys are into that, right? Really?

Yeah, thin crust is fine, too.

Uh... well, I got a ton of work to do, and I've known you for 30 seconds, so...

Ls that...

Are these movie scenes?

Uh, no. It is our annual stage production.

That's totally my thing. I could help you with that.

Right now, you can help me by cleaning another bathroom.

'Cause this is the women's.

Yeah. Hmm.

Yep. All right.

I'll just get a sign.

As well.

I can sing, I can dance...

Okay, next up is Charles.

Woe to you, scribes and pharisees. Woe to you.

Hi. My name is Doug. I've never acted before.

But I'm willing to serve the lord in whatever way you see fit.

My name is Charlotte Elizabeth Stewart.

I'm the stage manager.

And I'm going to be performing amazing grace.

My name is Anthony Mathias Roundstone, and I live for Jesus.

The stage is a close second.

I'll be performing a monologue from Henrik Ibsen's a doll's house.

Finished already?

You know what they say.

Time flies when you're serving your state-mandated community service hours.

Eight down, 192 to go.

You know, as naturally gifted as I am with a mop, I'm 10 times better on stage.

You think I could spend a few of my hours working on this?

Maybe help you guys out? Oh, that'd be nice.

But, uh, this is one of our ministries.

We ask that all cast members be believing Christians.

Well, lam one.

You are what? Christian.

You're a Christian? Yes.

You are? Yes.

Really? You didn't know that?

I must have missed it in your file between the drunk and disorderly charges.


Touché, touché.

No, I'm Christian. Capital c.

I've had the passion of the Christ for a couple of years now.

As in, you believe that Jesus Christ is the son of god?


And that he's our savior? Savior, yeah.

Really? Mmm-hmm.

I've had my share of hiccups, as you know.

A couple of nights ago, was a mistake, obviously, but it's no mistake that I chose to come here.

Why didn't you tell me?

I don't know. Just didn't think you'd believe me.

Not sure if you do now. No, no. I...

I didn't expect it.

Just so you know, newcomers are expected to share their testimony when they audition.

Oh. Okay?

Done that plenty of times.

No, I don't mean the kind you do in court.

Yeah. Yeah. I know.

Okay. Okay?

Of course. All right.

All right.

All right.

Christian testimony. Christian testimony.

Bono? But he's so cool.

Hello. My name is John mark. And I'm auditioning for the role of Peter...

Uh, hi. Hi.

I'm Gavin, I'm here for Jesus.

Oh, that's sweet. Me, too.

Oh, yeah, yeah. That, too.

Uh, no, I'm here for the role of Jesus. Oh. Oh! Uh...

John mark is going up now, and you can go on up after him.

Okay. Oh...

Got it.

Go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen.

Thank you.

Thank you.

Okay, is that it? No, no.

Great job, buddy. Oh, gosh.

Should I stand here? Yeah, that's fine.

Since this is your first time, we ask that you share a little bit...

Ah, my testimony. Yes, yes.

That's Gavin stone. Gavin: Pastor Allan mentioned that.

Then go right ahead and then you can go into your reading after that.

All right, all right. Let's do this.

Hi, everybody. Um...

As you probably already know, my name is Gavin stone.

Oh... that's where I recognized him from. What is he doing here?

But what you probably didn't know is that I'm a Christian.

I wasn't until a few years ago when I hit rock-bottom and just felt something missing.

Guess you could call it a god-shaped hole.

So, I came to a place where I decided to climb that stairway to heaven and let Jesus take the wheel.

And ultimately, uh, hey, let go and let god.

Mmm. Mmm-hmm.

I'm still a bit new to it, too.

Forgive me if I don't always get the details perfect.

Uh... Thank you.

If I may ask, what are you doing here in Masonville?

Well, this is my hometown.

I had a bit of a rough patch recently.

And ultimately, I had no choice but to come home to my father.

Anyway, I thought, "hey, while I was here, "I could help out on stage, too."

So, I'm auditioning for the role of Jesus Christ.


Theater joke. Anyway, uh, this is a speech from Hamlet.

He's anguished and alone after his father's death.

O, that this too too solid flesh would melt, thaw, and resolve itself into a dew!

Or that the everlasting had not fix'd his canon 'gainst self-slaughter!

How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable, seems to me all the uses of this world!

Fie on't! Oh fie, fie! 'Tis an unweeded garden, that grows to seed, things rank and gross in nature possess it merely. That it should come to this!

But two months dead! Nay, not so much, not two.

Okay, thank you.

I had... I had more.

That's okay. We got it. Very good.

Good'? That was incredible. Okay.


Awesome! Nice.

Okay. Thank you. Whoo!


So, why didn't he tell us?

I told him what I tell everybody who does this.

Nobody needs to know the details of why you're here.

So, you saw it? I was watching from the back.

He's very good.

Yes, dad, he's good. Obviously.

But do we really want the most important part of the play to be done by a newcomer?

Especially somebody who brings all this attention.

Since when is attention a bad thing for a play?

But he seems so cocky.

I'd love to not cast him just to show him that he can't get what he wants all the time.

Look, hon, it's your call. I trust you completely.

But I will say this, yes, he has his quirks and I'm not sure he completely understands all the things he says about his faith.

But isn't this why we do what we do?

I think he needs us as much as we need him.

Uh... we need him?

Sweetie, I saw the other options.

They weren't that bad. They were horrible.

What is happening?

I'm opening my chi. And I've gotta be loose for rehearsal tonight.

Rehearsal? Yeah.

I got the lead in this big production they're doing at the church.

I'm playing Jesus.

You as Jesus?

Well, if you're not too tired from all that acting you've been doing, give me a hand unloading the truck.

I also mopped a lot.

Something useful.

Acting is useful, dad.

Yeah, it clearly paid off.

Enjoy your Buddhist ballet.

It's called yoga.

Builds your core.

Okay, people. Opening night is six weeks away, so there's gonna be a lot of late nights between then and now.

The only way this works is if we're together as a team, okay?

So, let's just dive right in.

Jesus, disciples, you're up first.

Let's do it.

Okay. Yup, keep moving it to the left.

Yup, yup, yup- stop, stop- hey, Gavin. Hey.

Your audition last night was perfect.

And I'm not just saying that because you're playing the sinless son of god.

Thank you. Thanks. Little joke, but...

I'm Anthony, and I am a leader with the church SWAT program.


Yeah, students with a testimony. Our youth group.

Oh. Oh. I also am one of your biggest fans.

That's cool.

Well, anyway, lam really looking forward to working with you.

I'm playing Peter. Peter. Mmm.

The first disciple. Basically, he's known as the rock of the church.


Disciples. Yeah, yeah. The guys in the painting.

I know it's an ensemble piece, but he's kinda like the lead guy.

Anyway, if you need anything. If you wanna run lines or go for pizza...

I'm kind of a local pro. Semi-pro, I guess.

All right, places, guys.

Gavin, you're supposed to be sleeping.

Supposed to be sleeping? Why?

That's what it says in the Bible.

Oh! Right. Yeah, I knew that.

Here we go.

Sleep on here? No.

I'll sleep here. I'll get it.

And action.

Quickly, to the nets. We must hold on.

Behold. The tempest rises.

Yet still our lord slumbers.

Awaken him!

Cue Gavin. Gavin, it's your line.

Oh, ye of little...

I'm gonna say "you."

Oh, you of little faith, where is your courage?

Peace, be still.

Teacher, who are you that even the wind and waves obey you?

God most high! Only god could do this.

It is as you say.

I think that line should be even bigger.

Let's just play it as written.

Mmm-hmm. Yeah. But what if as soon as you say...

You say it.

"Teacher, who are you..." Hihateven the wind and waves...

Okay. Sorry.

You kill the lights. Okay?

You drop a single spot on me.

I step out away from these guys, big hero moment for me.

I am the Alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end of all things.

Cue pyro. We can't do...

And these waves obey the one they recognize as their creator.

I don't know. Something like that?

That is actually the exact opposite of what Jesus was about.

He wasn't an attention seeker.

Really? I mean, why not?

In short, humility.

Don't you pick up on that when you read the gospels?

Well, yeah, you know, when I read the gospels, I pick up on that a little bit. Um...

All right, trying to bring something to the production, you know.

Okay. Well, thank you. Let's just do it again as written.

And back to one, everyone.

Just wanna say, great first rehearsal. Yeah?

And I have some thoughts that might help you out.

I think I've had enough of your thoughts for today.

How about tomorrow? Lunch? Coffee maybe?

No, thanks.

It's lunch. What's the worst thing that can happen?

I watched your e! True Hollywood story last night.

So I can think of about 10 worst things.

Okay. But you see how it is, right?

I mean, they need help out there.

It's still early. The cast will get it together in a few weeks.

But they're so stiff.

It's like they're in a bad '40s melodrama.

And you, you're so uptight. You just need to relax.

We've been doing this for 15 years.

That's why it's so stale.

I gotta go. Believe it or not, I'm late.

Late? For what?

One of my students left this, and I have to drop it off.

Give it to him tomorrow.

No. If he doesn't get this by bedtime in 10 minutes, he's not sleeping. Gotta run.

Oh, oh. One more quick question. This is important.

What is that thing?

It's a...

I don't know what it is.

Surely, it had a face at one point.

I have nine minutes. Okay.

So, I take it lunch is off.

Don't sweat it. We've been there.


In her dust.

I haven't been there myself, but from what I've seen, she's a pretty tough woman to impress.

I've been trying to court her since the late '90s.

Court her?

What, are you a Quaker or something?

I was, yes.

Oh. Sorry, dude.

What, you guys know a lot about her? Totally.

You should come to Doug's. We can fill you in.

What's at Doug's? Just some fellowship, brother.

Fellowship? It's our small group.

We get together once a week.

And do what? Where? It's Masonville.

Just relax, talk, pray. You know, that kind of thing.


So, what do you think? Ls it a bit much?

Just a little.

Fair enough.

No, that's cool. What do you guys do?

You know, we show up for church events, go to homeless shelters, things like that.

Yeah? Full time? No.

That was the old Doug. Bc.

That was a much different group of guys.

We mostly do this just for fun.

I'm basically now just a mechanic and a family man.

You want a brewski? Can't. I'm sober.

And the root beer has processed sugar.

I get you. You're keeping the old temple pure.

I'm trying. Don't leave me hanging.

Hey, hey.

It's here. Nice.

Deep dish. Gavin, you want to pray it up?


Pray, before we crush this.

Oh. Uh...

Yeah, yeah. Let's... Yeah. Mmm-hmm.

Uh... all right, guys. Let's take a knee.

Dear god, as we head into battle each day... Mmm-hmm.

We know it will not be easy. Mmm. Mmm-hmm.

But even though our enemies, like the devil, may try to take away our lives, they will never take away our freedom.

Oh. Yeah.

And thank you for this glorious feast

of cheese and bread, pizza and fellowship.

Amen. Amen.

All right then.


Yeah, looks nice.

I know.

So, she can have fun.

Kelly? Yeah, she's just under a lot of stress.

Especially being a pk.

Pretend I don't know what that means.

Pk, pastor's kid.

She's Allan's daughter?

Yeah. I mean, she basically runs half the church between the children's ministry and now the production.

Does she ever do anything besides church stuff?

Not that we know about.

She's totally sold out.

Mmm. She sold what?

She sold out to Jesus.

First time I asked her out about 10 years ago, she told me there's only room in her life for one man, and that man was Jesus Christ.

How do you measure up to that? Yeah.

You don't.

Mmm. I tried. I dressed up like Jesus at a church event.

Totally had the opposite effect.

Didn't go well. Yeah, it was bad.

She, like, ran away.

He, like, talked to her... He tried to woo her in Aramaic.

Step one, go to church.

Step two, wear the uniform.

Good morning. Blessings. Peace be to you.

Good morning.

Good morning.

Good morning. Blessings. Good morning.

Blessings. Peace be to you. Oh, thank you.

Good morning.

Peace be to both of you. Okay...

Blessings. Blessings. Oh, my gosh.

We have the same book.

Gavin. Gavin.

Blessings. Blessings to all of you.

Hey, how are ya? We're good.

Hi. Hey, guys- so, where's Kelly?

Why are you whispering?

It's a church service.

Where's Kelly?

God, show your power!


We've waited for this day we're gathered in your name calling out to you your glory like a fire awakening desire will burn our hearts with truth you're the reason we're here you're the reason we're here yeah.

You're the reason we're singing open up the heavens open up the heavens we want to see you we want to see you open up the floodgates a mighty river a mighty river flowing from your heart filling every part of our praise filling every part of our praise ah, thank you.

Here you go. Thanks.

This is my body, broken for you.

Do this in remembrance of me.

This is my blood shed for you and for all mankind.

Do this in remembrance of me.

Lord, we thank you for all the work you're doing in our church.

We ask all this in Jesus' name. Amen.


Are we not supposed to get up on that?

Yeah. Oh no, thanks.

Can you just pass it on?

Oh. Hey, blessings. Good morning.

Pass it to him. Oh. Oh.

Thank you. Thank you.

Let go of the rope, and trust in Jesus.

He will do a better job managing your life than you ever will.

It's been a joy worshipping with you today.

Have a great week.

You are loved.

You are loved.

You are loved.

Hey, we're gonna grab some lunch. Do you wanna...

Do you wanna come? Oh!

Lam exhausted. Think I need a nap.

Okay. Next time. Thanks, guys. Blessings.

Blessings to both of you. He'll come next time.

Yeah. Yeah.

We're falling a little behind.

So we're gonna have to pick up the pace tonight, you guys.

Um, where's Gavin?


Sorry. Sorry.


I know, right?

Hey, everybody.

So, I got this great deal from this shop I've worked with before. Didn't cost you anything.

I figured I might as well start diving into character.

And it all starts with the wardrobe, guys.

Wow. I, uh...

Okay, let's get started.

Uh, nativity scene's up first. Mary and Joseph.

Nice. Thanks.

All right, boat scene is over.

Soldiers, you're up next, please.

Are we really that bad?


Just shoot us straight. How are we doing?

You know, it could use a little improvement.

But it's okay.

I knew it. We're terrible!

No. We're okay. Right?


Wait a minute. So, "okay" really means we're not good.

Yeah. How can we improve?

All right. Follow me.

He's gonna show us how to...

Here's a chance of a lifetime.

All right, first of all...

Guys, we're not on stage in the 16th century.

Christians talk so weird all the time.

Don't they? We... don't we?

But all the great stuff we have to say won't matter if no one can understand us.

Yeah, it's like St. Francis of Assisi.

"Preach the gospel, and if necessary, use words."

Yeah. Now, John mark, Doug, you guys are stepping all over each other's lines.

Sorry about that. What are we supposed to do because...

This is what lam talking about.

There's an old acting exercise that I think might help. Okay?

I want you to sing row, row, row your boat on three.

One, two...

Row, row, row your boat John". Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream gently down the stream merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily life is but a dream life is but a dream you're way behind. Sorry.

Yeah. Now, I want you to sing it again but this time split up. Okay?

I want you to sing every other word.

Starting with you, Doug. Ready? Wait for the "three."

One, two, three...

Row... Row...

Row... Row...

Your... Row...

Boat gently down... Boat“ gently down the stream.

Work in progress. Work in progress.

You guys are gonna figure that out later.

When you do, really listen to each other.

Acting is listening.

Anthony... I project too much.

I've been self-conscious of it since I took this Meisner class.

And is totally off because“.

You just need to get out of your head. Just be yourself up there.

Acting isn't about method.

It isn't about what your idea of a good actor is.

It's just about being yourself through the character.

That is literally one of the greatest things I have ever heard.

Well, thank you. Hey.

I'm glad you're having fun out here but I've been looking for you for the past 15 minutes.

Oh, yeah. Sorry. I was just...

You're up. Now.

So we should probably... She's under a lot of stress.


We don't have the budget to cover a staffer.

It's 15 kids. It's manageable.

Okay, listen, I trust you to own it right now because I can't put my eyes on it for another four weeks until this production is on its feet...

You're gonna wanna see this.

Looks really good.

What is going on?

Hey. So...

The thing in the Bible where Jesus flies up to heaven?

The ascension. Yeah, that.

I think fading out after the resurrection is just way too soft an ending.

We need something with more punch.

I don't think this is a good idea. Let me show you. Guys.

This is pretty awesome, right? Ls it safe?

Oh, man!

Are you guys okay? Perfect.

Bad idea.

We are not doing this. Gavin, go get looked at.

No, no, no, I'm fine. I just...

I got the wind knocked out of me.

Just got a few kinks.

Doug, we can work on that, right?

No, no. Get this rig out of here!

We will pick up rehearsal tomorrow, you guys.

It was the gloves. We could get different gloves.


Kelly, what's your problem?

Besides that you almost died?

You're making this impossible.

I know you're talented and charming, but I've had entire classes of fourth graders who are less trouble than you.

And what you still don't get is this is entirely opposite of who Jesus was.

He wasn't about spectacle.

He was humble.

He made himself low.

If you weren't so busy trying to make everything sparkle and burn and fly, maybe you'd see that.

Just go home and rest.

I'll see you tomorrow.

Bulls still down? By six.


Mind if I sit down?

Yeah, have at it.



Still cold. No.Can't right.


Are they organic?



D. Rose will get them back.

He just needs to start hitting his jumper.

He's no MJ.

Who is?

Didn't know you still watched them.

Of course.

Uh... it's why I was in town this time, actually.

Went to most of their games the last few years.

Sort of followed them around.

It reminded me of home, I guess.

Didn't know that was a good thing.

Wasn't all bad.

So, how are things in Jesus-ville?


Rough night. Rough night.

But they're actually not that bad.

I mean, different, but, yeah, not bad.

It's nice to not be cliffy there.

You're not cliffy here either.

Has the greatest story ever told become a one-woman show?

I wish. Then maybe we'd be on schedule.

I really like what you've done with the sets.

Everything seems bigger.

Everything's bigger actually. Bigger sets, bigger problems.

Bigger egos?

You know, for being so smart, he really is a whack-job.

You'd think this was a rock concert, not a church production.

This was today's stunt.

Gavin's idea for the ending.

I don't think he gets the story.

He's not unique. I'm still figuring it out myself.

Yeah, but I don't have time to babysit him while he does.

Then, don't. Don't treat him like one of your students.

Make him your partner.

Then, he won't fight you so much.

He brings a lot to this that we don't have.

We should take advantage of it.

Large cappuccino, right?


Hey. Oh. You are early.

We're not on for, maybe, 10 minutes.

Yeah. Just catching up. Hi. Who's this?

Uh, this is Rachel. She's in my Sunday school.

She's gonna be one of the kids in the palm branch scene.

Hi, Rachel. You're gonna have fun out there?

Um, she's hearing impaired.

Oh. Oh, oh, oh. That's okay.

I'm Gavin.

Are you going to have fun out there?

Oh... now, remember, don't hit Jesus with the palm branch.

Hey. I'm working on it. Thank you.

Rachel, go find Ms. Charlotte, okay?

I didn't know you could sign.

Yeah, I learned it for a hallmark movie. A little rusty.

Oh, she doesn't normally communicate that much.

She should. She's funny.


Since you're here, I want to talk to you about a few things.

One, we're falling behind.

Yes, I know. I know. I know exactly how to fix it, too.

Have you heard of an Italian run?

Gavin! Listen.

Actors are supposed to be listeners, right?


Okay. One, we're falling behind.

Two, a lot of your ideas not only don't work for the role but they're too expensive anyway.

Three, you're really annoying.

So, let's just try this.

If you work really hard on getting us caught up, and more importantly, learn who you're playing, I will be more open to your input.



But you have to lock in on this. Okay?

If you can learn sign language, of all things, for a hallmark movie, you can put half that kind of time into this thing.

Okay. Okay.

You're right. Okay.

Well, okay then.

Good. Good.


The more we give up control, the more Jesus takes control.

Row... Your...

Boat“ gently...

Down... The...

Stream... Merrily...

So, Jesus said, "let the little children come to me."

Whoa. No!

Guys, no. Stop.

And that's a wrap for set building.

So... good night. See you tomorrow.

Yeah, I'll give you a ride.

Come on. Say something nice.

It is coming together nicely, thank you.

See? There it is. So let's celebrate.

I haven't clogged an artery in a while. Let's grab some deep dish.

It's been a long week.

It's not a date.

It's merely a discussion outside of the workplace that positively acknowledges the work we've done to this point and seeks solutions on said success.

At the end of the night, he introduced me to his parents where his mom pulled me aside and said, and I quote, "god told me you're gonna be my daughter-in-law someday." Oh...

First date.

What did you say?

I said, "um, I think you heard wrong." And then I took off.

No. Yeah, I had to.

All right, all right.

So I gotta ask, and this is not a line, why no boyfriend?

Mmm... not for tonight.

John mark says, and I quote, "you only have room in your life for one man, and that is Jesus Christ."

Well, that is a kind of line that works on a guy like John mark.

Mmm. So what is it?

You first.

Well, that's easy.

I'm a petulant narcissist with intimacy issues stemming from a robbed childhood, where my every whim was met with instant gratification.

Back to you.

I was engaged.

What? When?

Seven, eight years ago.

Head of our music ministry.

Couple of months before the wedding, he came to me and he said he wanted to take his music to Nashville.

With his new girlfriend.

Oh. Whoa.

Yeah, so, did what any normal girl would do.

I flew to Nepal to work at our church there for two years.

And since then, I've just been focused on my work here.

Yeah, focused is one word for it.

I'm not that bad. I can be breezy.

Breezy? Yeah.

Prove it.

Yeah, tell me a joke. Right now.

You can't just say a joke out of nowhere.

Yes, you can.

I'm gonna show you.

So, guy walks into a doctor's office, he says, "doc, you've gotta help me.

"I have this horrible Twitter addiction."

Doctor says, "sorry, I'm not following you."

That's good. See?

Yeah. All right, your turn.


Okay. Ahem.

How do you make a tissue dance?

Put a little Boogey in it.

That's a good joke!

It's a joke.

Okay, fine, I'm intense.

But that's just because I care about what I'm doing.

You know, like, not to get cheesy or anything, but we're doing this for the lord, you know what I mean?

Yeah. Sure.

I'm sorry.

You don't know what it's like, living in a fishbowl like this.

Pastor's daughter.

Everybody's watching, waiting for me to make a mistake.

Oh, yeah, I have no idea what that's like.

Okay, fair enough.

The difference is, people expect you to be perfect.

They expect me to be the opposite.

I'm not any fun if I'm not acting crazy or drunk or saying, "don't look at me!"

And yet, here you are.

At a church.

And yet, here I am.

God works in mysterious ways.

Am I right? Ls that how it goes?

Yes, well done.

All right. Gotta get you back.

Come on, let's put a little Boogey in it.

Well, thank you for the ride.

You're welcome.

Good night. Good night.

Oh. Hey, um, about that mistake thing.

You know, where you think everybody's waiting for you to make them?

If they are, it's not to judge you.

From what I've seen of the people here, I think if you admitted you made mistakes, they'd like you even more.

I'm not sure that's true.

You know, early on, I thought my biggest mistake was casting you.


No, no, no, they're gonna love me.

Okay, good night.

All right, good night.


You're out late.

What you doing still up?

Every night, almost midnight, you're hammering and sawing and whatever that thing is.

It's a level, Gavin.

Yeah, leveling.


'Cause I said I would.

Wanna know the last promise I made to your mom?

Right here.

I told her I'd build her a dream house with countertops and all.

It's the first promise I broke to her.


Yeah, me, too.

You know, we could get mom that dream house sooner.

I could try and help out with this stuff.

Mmm. Well, that would be a first.

Apparently, this Jesus fellow I'm playing is into carpentry, so 'Nd be good character research anyway.


So, got a question.

Was out with this girl tonight.

No, that's outside my area.

What do you mean? You're my dad.

Aren't you supposed to tell me what to do?

Gavin, you're a man in your 30s.

I think you can figure it out.

She's the pastor's daughter.


You didn't...

No, no, no.

I just connected with her.

Like a normal person.

And she doesn't care about the celebrity thing.

That's new for me, too.

Okay, so?


So nothing, dad. I just thought we could talk.

Gavin, I'm old. I don't know how to do this.

Give advice.

I got nothing but this big, old empty mess of a house that I'm probably never gonna finish.

It is a mess.

But it's not empty.

You're listening to WAAY, the best in Christian radio.

This is the morning sun with Wayne McCusker.

So, hey, we have a special guest with us this morning.

But I don't need to tell you who it is, you should be able to figure it out when he says this...

Don't look at me. There it is.

And of course, you can't look at him 'cause he's on the radio.

But if you're over 30 years old, you know that sentence comes from former child star, Gavin stone, who's here with us this morning.

Hey, Gavin. Or shall I call you cliffy?

Uh, no, Gavin's fine.

So, cliffy, you used to play in a lot of roles on TV and movies, but you're here today to talk to us about a special new role.

One that might just be the most special role of your life.

Am I right? Um...

Tell us about it. Okay.

Well, it's called crown of thorns.

We're doing it at the Masonville Bible church.

It is directed by the fabulous Ms. Kelly Richardson.

And, Kelly, you snagged cliffy for the part of...

Jesus, yes.

He's doing a great job.

So, cliffy, let's talk.

Aren't we...

I'd love to hear about your heart transformation.

How has the blood of Christ impacted your own walk?

I'm sorry, what? Share with us the spiritual journey that got you here.

From sinner to savior.

My spiritual journey?

Well, I'd love to tell you all about it, but, honestly, this production isn't about Gavin stone.

I'm really hoping and praying that when people come to see this show, they don't see me.

That I've gotten so lost in this character, that they just see him and the story and the rest of the cast.

I don't want to be a distraction to that.



This woman was caught in adultery.

You know the law, she must be stoned for this sin.

I'm writing? Sorry, sorry.

Uh, dumb question. What is he writing?

It doesn't say in the script.

Because it's not in the Bible.

Really? Why not?

I guess 'cause it's not the focus of the scene.

But just improvise.

Okay. Okay?

Keep going.

This woman has sinned against heaven.

What shall be done with her?

Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone.

My sister, where are your accusers now?

Does even one remain to condemn you?

None, lord.

Neither do I.

Go and sin no more.

Yeah. Uh...

This doesn't work.

What's up? I thought it looked good. Okay.

You're doing great. Uh...

First of all, why does he even defend her?

Does he know her?

I've got this, Kelly. Let me... yeah.

It's called the doctrine of atonement.

What it means, is the totality of human inequity can only be removed by the one who establishes those moral parameters.

However... uh, John mark, not right now.

But... we can talk about it later.

The whole thing just feels so, um...

I'm sorry, I'm sorry. Where were we?

Uh, it feels...

Yeah, the whole thing just feels so stiff and formal.

I mean, it's not quite right yet, but it will get there.

Uh, Gavin, there's a Jack Roth asking for you.

I'm sorry, I need to take this. Um...

Yup, just tell him I'll call him back on my cell.

Sorry. Sorry.

I guess we're taking a five.

Hey, Jack, what in the world?

This is important. Why didn't you pick up?

I'm in the middle of a scene.

What are you talking about? From the production.

The church production that I'm doing.

I didn't tell you about this?

No, I thought you were doing maintenance.

I was.

But they cast me as Jesus in their big Easter production.

So now I get to act to work off my hours. It worked out perfect.

They cast you as who?


Yeah, look, what do you want, Jack?

Okay, this is why I love you, kid.

Because I love you, I took a chance with Meara.

So you got through to him?

I remembered how much he loved to party, so I told him your little hotel story, but I spiced up your role in the incident.

And said that you'd love to catch up with him.

Yeah? And?

And after he demanded to see the pictures, he said that he'd keep an eye out and that he would be in touch.

That's great.

If he gets in contact with you, you better be all over it.

You got that? I will, I will, I promise.

Okay, so, seriously, now that you're a Christian, can you pray for me?

Bye, Jack.

My sister, where are your accusers?

Where are your accusers?

Still not working for you?


Thought you went home. No, I was printing up the posters.

Oh. Not bad. "Not bad"?

You, of all people, should love it.

I put you front and center.

Gavin comes first. What?

Uh, that's Jack, my manager.

"Kid, this is all you need to know about show business.

"Gavin comes first.

"Everybody else, they just need something from you.

"You want to survive in this business, you look out for you."

Interesting advice.

Yeah. I was eight.


But it stuck.

"Gavin comes first."

Maybe that's why you have such a hard time playing somebody humble.

Yeah, maybe it is.

Thank you, Dr. Phil.

Wait, I have an idea. What are you doing tomorrow?

It's Saturday, so sleeping.

Maybe I'll wake up early for lunch. Not tomorrow.

Meet Doug at the garage by the parking lot at 9:00.


I did say it was Saturday.

You said your character wasn't coming easy, right?


Just show up. Trust me.

Hello. Hey, man.


Kelly said you'd be coming by. Yeah.

Welcome to CFSM.

Cars for single moms.

Okay, so, what's happening?

Well, first of all, you're changing.

I think I might actually have something new for you.

Here you go. Put that on.

Rusted catalytic converter, detached from the exhaust system.

The VCT solenoid valve needs replacing, and there's a significant binding in the brake pedal linkage.

I have no idea what those words mean.

All right, first things first, you're gonna change the oil filter while I work on the convertor.

You've done that before, right?

All right. Tightened all the way? Yup.



Not quite.

So, what do you think?

Think I've got a truck I can bring in next week.

Watch this. This is the best part.

They always try to pay something.

No, no, this is on us.

Why don't you go over there? No.

Then she'd know who did it. Yeah, exactly.

We don't want the credit.

Hashtag, words I've never said to my agent.


Hey. Hi.

So, who was she?

That was Olivia.

Uh, two kids. She almost lost her job 'cause she couldn't get to it.

But thanks to you...

Oh! Come on, thanks to Doug.

You got a little smudge or something on your outfit here.

That's very funny.


I know I look ridiculous.

It's not so bad. This?

It works on you. Really?


You know what this means, don't you? Do tell.

You're a free man. What?

I still have a couple more hours, don't I?

No. After your car work, Saturday, you're over 200.

Oh, no, that doesn't count. I don't even want the hours for that.

Really? Thank you.

Well, then, after rehearsal, you'll be done.

I'll turn this in today, anyway.

I gotta tell you, Gavin, you have really livened this place up.

You've been a great addition to our church.

And you've made my daughter's life a little easier, too.

Thank you. Thank you for the second chance.

All right, now I'm gonna need you to pray for a full house this weekend.

Way ahead of you.

So how's the Messiah doing?

Hey, guys. We're not on for another 10 minutes, right?

I know, but we wanted... We just decided...

We just thought... Well, we got you something.

Years ago, when we dedicated this building, pastor Allan did something really cool.

Gave each church member a nail from the building.

We all kept ours.

We just thought since you're a part of the family now, that you should have them.


Do you like it?

Thank you, guys.

I don't know what to say.

All right, it's last week of rehearsals.

Let's crush this.

All right. Gavin?

Oh, yeah.

Okay, exit Jesus.

Houselights, please. Houselights.

You guys, that was great.


It's really coming together, you guys.

We will pick up work tomorrow morning. We'll go over tweaks then.

Just call it a night, okay?

Hey, um, I have a few notes for you, but l have some last minute costume alterations I need to do.

I was thinking maybe you could meet me at my place in a bit.

I'll make you coffee. You asking me on a date?

Whatever you need. Just get there, okay?

All right, all right. Just like to be courted a little bit. That's all.

Hello. Gavin stone?

Long time, no talk.

Yeah, it has been.

So, I got some good news. Like the sound of that.

Long story, short.

Your man, Jack, told me about that rager you threw on the roof not too long ago.

Yeah. Yeah, man, it was something.

Ah! What an animal!

I got so inspired by the story, that I scrapped a character in my show, and I rewrote one just for you.

What? Yeah.

And I want you to come out to la to play it.

A series regular. I need that bad boy energy.

Uh... I got network approval.

And the PR, they love the whole thing about the child actor playing the druggie.

We shoot as soon as you hit the set tomorrow.

It shoots tomorrow? It is the real deal.

I'm in Chicago, man. This is the big leagues, bro.

You got a first class ticket waiting for you right now at O'Hare.

Well, you know this production I'm doing, it runs through the weekend.

Yeah, Jack mentioned something about that.

Yeah, it's a stage production of the Bible, actually.

TMZ's gonna eat that one up.

Well, whatever it is, you got a back-up, right?


Yeah, there's a guy, Charles.

Great, so you got it covered.

This is not gonna happen twice, all right?

Not for you. So like I said, I need to know.

Are you in?

Are you stupid?

I'll see you in la tomorrow.

Charlotte just called me. Okay.

She said she overheard you on the phone with some la guy.

She heard you agree to leave tonight for some shoot.

I told her that she must have heard wrong.

That there's no way you're leaving three days before opening night.

That nobody, not even Gavin stone, would do something that selfish.

Please tell me she's wrong.

It shoots for three weeks in la starting tomorrow.

There's a plane waiting for me right now.

I'm gonna be on it.

This isn't happening.

Look, I'm sorry.

You're sorry?

Say it again, I'm sure it'll make me feel better.


Do you know that I have a voicemail message from my dad saying that every seat in the house is reserved for opening night.

Charles will be happy to step in.

Everything we changed still works.

Your name and face are on the poster! Are you out of your mind?

I can't say no to this.

Hollywood isn't like church.

Second chances don't just come around.

What am I supposed to tell the cast?

I think that god has something bigger for me.

God has nothing to do with this.

How do you know? Doesn't god want me to pursue my dream?

To be happy?

I can't believe this.

What kind of Christian is this selfish?

I'm not a Christian! Okay?

Do you really not know that?

I do now.

I didn't think it would go this far.

I don't even know how it happened.

And I didn't know that you and I... Don't.


How can I make this up to you?

I will do anything.



Call them.

Tell them you have another commitment.

I shouldn't be surprised.

Gavin comes first, right?

Now, hold on. I told...

Gotta call the printers and get new posters made.

And you have that plane to catch.

Did I miss something?

My 200 hours are up. I'm out of your hair.

Tonight? Yes.

Got a TV gig that shoots tomorrow. Just...

You know, don't even worry about it.

Isn't that church thing happening this weekend?

Don't you start in with me, too.

You're bailing on them. Yes, dad, lam bailing.

I'm a screw-up. Go ahead, say it!

Look, if you don't wanna stay here, fine.

But don't walk out on these people.

You were mocking them yourself. Why do you care if I stay?

Because you said you would.

That's great.

So now you care about my acting choices.

It wasn't about acting.

It was about keeping you from becoming the kind of man who thinks the world revolves around him.

I guess you failed.

"Don't look at me." There he is!


Hey, it is good to see you again, stoney.

It is. Yeah, man.

Hey, need your autograph before the end of the day.

You know, to make this all official.

Um, hey, hon, honey.

Listen, could we make it a little bit darker around the eyes there?

And that depression beard. That is a keeper right there.

I love it, I love it. Good stuff. All right.

Hey, Mike, I wanna talk to you a little about the character.

Got no time. Come on, now.

Look, you are gonna be fantastic. Don't worry about a thing.

All right, babe? I love you. I'll see you soon.

I love you, too, Mike. Yeah.

Hey, Gavin, let me get that for you.

Gavin, my man, come on down.

Let's get this party started. All right.

How you feeling? You good? Right here. All right.

Sit down. Okay.

Stoney, you are at your lowest point.

You desperately need a fix. All right? You with me?

Got it. Listen, I put a little something-something in your prop glass there, all right?

An old favorite of yours. Enjoy.

Mike. What?

I'm clean, man. I can't...

Fine. Don't worry about it. Enjoy the drink. Loosen you up.

It's for the character, remember?

Come on. That's a good baby, all right?

All right-y!

Hey, let's crank one of these out, guys. Let's go. Slate it.

And roll sound.


And action!

Cut. That's a cut.

Gavin, I said action. Okay. Just hold on.

Let's get into it.

All right, now, let's roll.

Back to one. Going again, take two. Roll sound.


And action.

Cut. That's a cut.

What's the problem? All you have to do is take a drink.

Should be easy for you.

That's the Gavin that I want.

I don't know if that Gavin exists anymore.

He doesn't exist anymore?

That's the only reason why you're even here.

Then I don't belong here. This was a mistake.

Oh, come on, now. Gotta get back to Chicago. Sorry.

Whoa, whoa. Hey, hey, you're kidding me, right?

Appreciate the opportunity, Mike. Can't take it.

So, let me get this straight.

You're walking off a network TV show to do a church play in flyover country with a bunch of Jesus freaks?


I'll tell you what, buddy boy.

You walk off this set, you won't have one friend left in this business.

I never did, Mike.

Be still.


That's it for tonight, you guys.

Um, we'll run it all the way through tomorrow afternoon.

I don't know. What did you think? It wasn't that bad.

It's getting worse.

It goes a little stage left.

It's too far over.

Jesus will bump into it during the transition from the triumphal entry.

Aren't you supposed to be in la? Wasn't a good fit.

Seems like the director didn't like me very much.

Of course, I did walk off a set in the middle of his shoot.

So, yeah... Had his reasons.

I know how he feels.

I don't have time, I have a show to prep. Yes, I know, I know.

Can I just... please?

Nothing I can say will make this right.

I don't have any lines.

So, I'll just keep it simple.

I was wrong.

I was wrong when I was rude and selfish.

I was wrong when I lied.

I mean, you guys gave me an opportunity.

I just blew it.

And I know saying sorry doesn't help, but...

Doesn't hurt.


I am sorry.

And I don't know how this whole thing you have with god works exactly, but I like what it does to you guys.

I'm saying, I don't wanna lose this yet.

I'll put in the maintenance hours that I gave up to do this.

I will work backstage on the show.

I will do whatever it takes to earn this back again.


I have to talk to the cast.

I think they're listening.

What did he say?

Well, then, I won't have to repeat it.

I have to talk to dad, too. So...


Okay. Good night.


You're back in.

So I can... I can help out?

We want you to play Jesus.


Yeah, well, dad reminded me of all that Christian stuff.

You know, what our church is about, and how this could really impact you.

And what grace looks like and...

He did?

He did.

And, um...

It took me a few minutes, but I have decided to forgive you.

What about the rest of the cast?

Took them a few seconds.

So, um...

So I am back in, huh?

Just like that?

This is what we do.

And we just pray for the audience tonight, that this story will impact them. In Jesus' name.

Amen. Amen.

Told you. Full house.


Nice dress.

It's, um...



House lights off.

Mary and Joseph on stage.

Behold, the lamb of god, who takes away the sin of the world.

This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.

All right, cue the miracle sequence.

Disciples up. Now.

Lord, wake up or we'll die.

Help us, please!


Be still.

Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?

Go and sell all that you have.

I have many possessions. Lam a wealthy man.

Give them away.

You'll have treasure in heaven. I cannot

don't go.

Don't walk away.

You'll miss out on so much.

So much more than anything you have.

Hosanna! Hosanna!



Hosanna! Hosanna!

You know what the law says!

She must be stoned for this sin!

What is your answer, Jesus?

Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

My sister.

Where are your accusers?

My sister.

Where are your accusers?

Does even one remain to condemn you?

No, lord.

Neither do I.

Go and sin no more.

All right.

I give in.

I surrender.

My way didn't work.

I missed out on all this.

I missed out on you.

I'm sorry.

I'm sorry for all of it.

So, here goes...



Into your hands,

I commit my spirit.

The next three days were dark ones for the disciples.

But as many of you know, that's not the end of the story.

We'll get back to this in a second.

So, what happened out there?

I believe.

So that was pretty cool.


That was pretty cool.

You connect with your dad? Yeah.

He said my room was available indefinitely.

And I met this girl that I like.

Oh, really?

Oh, wow.

She must be fabulous.

Oh, she is.

A little bossy. I mean, to be honest.

But I'm thinking I should spend some time and get to know her.

Especially now that we go to the same church.


Let me know how that goes.

So what's next? I smell a sequel.

A sequel? I don't think so.

Come on. There are so many good stories in the Bible.

You got your David and Goliath.



You know mark?



Uh... oh, what about Moses?

We could build a big boat in here.

Noah. Noah! Him, too.

Maybe I could direct that one.

Hey, you could use your row, row, row your boat trick.

Yes! That's perfect.