Max McLean on New Hit C.S. Lewis Movie, The Most Reluctant Convert
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Acclaimed stage actor Max McLean talks about how the pandemic shut down his theater business, and how that adversity caused him to pivot and turn his popular stage play about C.S. Lewis into a film, a film which is seeing record success. McLean has read so much Lewis, and played him on stage so many hundreds of times, and internalized his ideas to such an extent, that in some sense, talking to him is like talking to C.S. Lewis himself. To join the conversation listen in to our all-too-brief conversation and make sure to see the film yourself. To find a location near you, go to


0:00 – Intro
1:07 – Pivoting to film under lockdown
6:56 – Distribution in theaters
9:56 – Being faithful to Lewis’s work
16:13 – On prayer and authenticity
20:52 – “Lewis is a bottomless well”
27:19 – Tolkien and Lewis’s conversion
33:18 – Lewis is ahead of us, not behind
36:04 – Discussion guide and Lewis’s journey
41:10 – Other movies in the future

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