‘Ben-Hur’ Star Jack Huston on Why the Film Is an “Honest to God Character Piece”

     April 17, 2016

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Steve Weintraub recently attended CinemaCon, which is where studios go to promote their upcoming films to movie theaters. This means bringing out the talent to talk about the movies, so we got the chance to talk to Jack Huston for his upcoming film, Ben-Hur.

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Image via MGM/Paramount

During their conversation, they joked about how Huston is a “diva” on set, what he learned growing up around movies, what he collects, why he’s excited for people to see Ben-Hur, getting to work with Morgan Freeman, a memorable moment from filming, and what’s coming up next for him.


Check out the interview above and follow the time index below. The film opens August 19th, and also stars Rodrigo Santoro, Tory Kebbell, and Nazanin Boniadi.

  • 0:09 – How he’s a “diva” on set and growing up around movies.
  • 0:55 – What he collects.
  • 2:01 – Why he’s excited for people to see from the film.
  • 3:27 – Getting to work with Morgan Freeman.
  • 4:17 – What’s coming up next for him.

Here’s the official synopsis for Ben-Hur:

BEN-HUR is the epic story of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell), an officer in the Roman army. Stripped of his title, separated from his family and the woman he loves (Nazanin Boniadi), Judah is forced into slavery. After years at sea, Judah returns to his homeland to seek revenge, but an encounter with Jesus (Rodrigo Santoro) leads him to the Crucifixion, where he discovers forgiveness and finds redemption. Based on Lew Wallace’s timeless novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. Also starring Morgan Freeman.

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