Fil-Am Rob Schneider working on Shroud of Turin film

Kristofer Purnell - Philstar.com
Fil-Am Rob Schneider working on Shroud of Turin film
Composite image of comedian Rob Schneider and the Shroud of Turin
Rob Schneider via Instagram, The STAR / file

HONG KONG — Filipino-American comedian Rob Schneider has been working on a movie project about the Shroud of Turin and is hoping to start production this year.

Schneider sat down for an interview with Jacqueline Burkepile of ChurchPOP to talk about his recent conversion to the Catholic faith and how it has affected his career.

In the middle of the interview, Schneider described the Shroud of Turin as "a receipt of the price Jesus paid" for everyone.

According to the Catholic Church, the linen cloth bearing the image of the front and back of a man was used to wrap the body of Jesus after his crucifixion. 

The actor attributed the Turin Shroud — because he was writing a script about it — as the cornerstone that pushed him to Catholicism alongside the pandemic making him realize his family need physical and spiritual protection.

"It's a beautiful thing, I've never felt more peaceful and at ease," Schneider explained. "I don't feel this pressure to achieve anything else, I just feel like whatever is going to happen now, I want it to come from a place of love and if I can serve God in any way, I want to do it."

Schneider then said he'd been working on a movie about the Shroud of Turin for the last five years about the scientific evidence behind the ancient linen.

He did say the pre-prouduction phase is close to finishing and would like to begin shooting this 2024, banking on the interest it could attract and what it means for Catholics.

At first, Schneider approached it as an entertainment piece with an interesting piece until it led to the broadening of his faith.

"What brought me back to Jesus Christ was a confluence of things — children, the pandemic, working on this piece — and I think that's how Jesus works, the constant reminder what your life is and should be," Schneider said, admitting he's found himself in a place of peace.

Schneider rose to fame on "Saturday Night Live" before appearing on films like "The Animal," "The Hot Chick," "The Benchwarmers," and the "Deuce Bigalow" movies.

He also frequently appears in projects alongside "Saturday Night Live" alumnus Adam Sandler such as "50 First Dates," "You Don't Mess with the Zohan," "Grown Ups," "Big Daddy," and "The Longest Yard." — Video from ChurchPOP Editor's YouTube channel

RELATED: In photos: Shroud of Turin pilgrimage

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