5 inspiring quotes from the C.S. Lewis biopic directed by Richard Attenborough
Richard Attenborough, an actor and director famously known for his role as Dr. John Hammond in “Jurassic Park,” died this past weekend at age 90.
But Attenborough’s impact on the film industry expands far beyond the dinosaur epic. He’s also constantly commended for his work on the films “Ghandi” and “Shadowlands” — the biopic of C.S. Lewis, a religious thinker and writer, played by Anthony Hopkins.
“Shadowlands” grossed $25,842,377 during its time in theaters, which was more than its $22 million budget, according to Box Office Mojo. The film was released on Dec. 31, 1993, and averaged $5,012 per theater it was released in.
The film also did well to spread messages of faith — taken from C.S. Lewis’ own beliefs — out to the world.
In remembrance of Attenborough, here are five great quotes from “Shadowlands:"
“Pain is God's megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” — C.S. “Jack” Lewis (Anthony Hopkins)
Hopkins puts it simply for the people in his lecture hall. Pain is meant to wake people up and make them learn something about their own faith and beliefs.
“Why love, if losing hurts so much? I have no answers anymore: only the life I have lived. Twice in that life I've been given the choice: as a boy and as a man. The boy chose safety, the man chooses suffering. The pain now is part of the happiness then. That's the deal.” — C.S. “Jack” Lewis (Anthony Hopkins)
In the film, Lewis suffers from the death of his wife. From this experience, he learns that no matter what pain comes his way, he can mold it into something positive. The pain and suffering helps make him into the person he will ultimately become.
“We can't have the happiness of yesterday without the pain of today. “ — Joy Gresham (Debra Winger)
Before Lewis ever comes to this conclusion in the film, his wife, Joy Gresham, is miles ahead. She explains that the happiness of previous years isn’t memorable unless there is pain now. Pain makes you reflect and understand the life you lived before.
“Isn’t God supposed to be good? Isn’t God supposed to love us? And does God want us to suffer? What if the answer to that question is yes? ’Cause I’m not sure that God particularly wants us to be happy. I think he wants us to be able to love and be loved. He wants us to grow up. I suggest to you that it is because God loves us that he makes us the gift of suffering.” — C.S. “Jack” Lewis (Anthony Hopkins)
This scene shows Lewis questioning God's plan for the people and receiving answers. As he explains in the quote, God wants people to be happy and to understand that suffering is something that people have to go through in order to rebuild themselves even stronger.
“I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time, waking and sleeping. It doesn't change God, it changes me.” C.S. “Jack” Lewis (Anthony Hopkins)
Why does Lewis pray? Well, it?s to help him find some stability and aid in troubling times. While there are reasons everyone prays on a daily basis, for Lewis it's all about learning and growing.