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John Galt Superstar
February 28, 2004 — 4:30 am

Atlas Shrugged slapped me upside the head for the first time while I was a Mormon missionary in the early ’90s. (Immediately after having read Nathaniel Branden’s Judgment Day, I should point out.) And when I emerged from a two-year cocoon of relative seclusion from pop culture, I started watching movies again. Lots and lots of movies. And I always wondered who should play John Galt.

So even before Albert Ruddy’s 1999 announcement that he planned to film an Atlas Shrugged miniseries for TNT, I was building mental cast lists. Who could pull off such an iconic character — “The face without pain or fear or guilt”?

My first choice was Martin Donovan, who had starred in my favorite film of all time, Trust. He could’ve pulled it off a decade ago, but seems an increasingly less appropriate choice as the years go by.

In 1997, after seeing Grind (which coincidentally featured Martin Donovan’s Trust co-star Adrienne Shelley), I decided Billy Crudup was the man for the job.

And in 1998, after seeing The Thin Red Line, I added Jim Caviezel to the list.

Martin Donovan went on to play Jesus Christ in The Book of Life.

Billy Crudup went on to star in a film called Jesus’ Son.

Jim Caviezel went on to play Jesus Christ in The Passion of the Christ.


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