Filmmaker re-creates early life of President Gordon B. Hinckley

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A Utah filmmaker has made a movie about the early life of President Gordon B. Hinckley and is donating the ticket sales to a charity.

Filmmaker re-creates early life of President Gordon B. Hinckley

"Gordon B. Hinckley: A Giant Among Men" will show in two theaters tomorrow evening, and the proceeds will go to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Perpetual Education Fund. President Hinckley created the fund to help young Latter-day Saints in third-world countries who have served missions with training or education. The film focuses on President Hinckley's childhood and early years, giving viewers a look at his life long before he became the 15th president of the Church.

"[I] found wonderful material to illustrate his life as a boy and what he learned that brought him to a prophet," said T.C. Christensen, the film's writer and director.

Christensen's biggest challenge was casting the adult Gordon Hinckley and Marjorie Pay. "I looked at a lot of historical photographs and I would just think, 'Who do I know who looks like that?' And Levi Larsen and Tamilisa Wood were just two who came to mind," he said.

Filmmaker re-creates early life of President Gordon B. Hinckley

The young actress playing Marjorie Pay had been told she resembled her before. "When I got to the auditions, T.C. also had a picture of Marjorie Pay Hinckley, and sure enough, it kind of looked like me," Wood said. "It's such a privilege to portray her and look like her and be like her and think about her."

Larsen says he never imagined playing this role. "To be a part of that, and to be able to possibly help people change their lives through the stories of President Hinckley, is really cool," he said.

"Gordon B. Hinckley: A Giant Among Men" will play at the Megaplex 17 at Jordan Commons in Sandy and the Megaplex 20 at the District in South Jordan Tuesday night at 7:00. It will also be released on DVD on Tuesday.


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