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‘The Good Catholic,” a new film with Indiana as the star, screens tonight at the Historic Artcraft Theatre in Franklin.
In “The Good Catholic,” a priest starts to question his religious calling when a clueless, but attractive, female artist arrives for a late-night confession. Technically a romantic comedy, this film is adapted from the story of how writer and director Paul Shoulberg‘s parents met.
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Shoulberg was able to write and direct the film after some help from Spicer’s friends in New York City to get the script off the ground.
“I originally thought this was going to be a Kickstarter-funded and shot in someone’s backyard movie,” said Spicer. “But I’ve been fortunate enough to work in New York, so I got the script to a casting director. We couldn’t have made it without that kind of help.”
Spicer was originally studying archaeology at Indiana University when he met Shoulberg, who was a graduate student at IU who liked to write plays at the time.
Spicer caught the acting bug after being cast in one of those plays. Now he has been in TV shows such as “Gotham” and “Boardwalk Empire” and this new full-length film with Bloomington as the backdrop.
Working alongside notable actors like Glover (“Lethal Weapon”) and McGinley (“Scrubs”), Spicer said he had to step up his acting game in order to fit in.
In the movie, McGinley plays a priest with an affinity for Indiana University basketball. After filming ended, he continued to be a fan of IU basketball, even going to two games this past season.
“Danny and John are insanely good,” Spicer said. “We even got to rehearse a little bit, which is really unusual for this kind of project, and they just fell in love with the Bloomington culture.”
The movie opened nationally in 17 cities on Sept. 8. Spicer and the rest of the movie group barnstormed 11 cities in seven days to promote it.
In addition to visiting Bloomington on Sept. 17, the group also visited several other Indiana cities, including Fort Wayne, South Bend, Terre Haute and Evansville.
“Travelling all over Indiana has been awesome,” said Spicer. “We’ve visited parts of Indiana that I’ve never been to. You don’t get this kind of experience very often.”
The Artcraft screening begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by a Q&A session with Spicer, Shoulberg and set director Gordon Strain.
“The majority of audiences have stuck around (for the Q&A session),” Spicer said. “They have had some really great questions. We’ve had a dialogue about the major themes we want to be taken away from the movie which is the cornerstone of this experience.”
IndyStar reporter Dave Lindquist contributed to this story.
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