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An intense naval battle, a bloody chariot race and one hot Jesus are what you can expect from the new Ben-Hur. While the 1959 version starring Charlton Heston only gave you a glimpse at the prodigal son, producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey told HipHollywood they wanted the film to have the same epic box office appeal but with more of a faith-based message.

Toby Kebbell and Jack Huston play estranged brothers Messala and Judah Ben-Hur, while Rodrigo Santoro plays Jesus … and a pretty hot one, we might add.

But Santoro couldn’t help but blush when we mentioned the buzz about his smoking hot portrayal of Jesus in the film. “Is that what people are saying?” laughed the Brazilian-bred actor. “I’m going to have to quit my job.”

Check out what else the cast had to say about starring in Ben-Hur, which hits theaters August 19.

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Watch: Julia Roberts And Owen Wilson Give Advice To Their 10-Year-Old Selves



To say Wonder is a must see movie is an understatement! Not only will the film touch you and inspire you to be a better person, it will also entertain you from start to finish.

But don’t take our word for it. HipHollywood sat down with the film’s stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson who shared their excitement to bring this heartwarming story to life and how they channeled their real-life parenting skills into the role.

“I think we felt a responsibility to be authentically parents and authentically parents to these two kids, said the 50 year old mother of three. “And I think that’s why you really believe these four people are family and are really having this experience together.”

In the film based on the NY times best seller, Roberts and Wilson play the parents of a teenage daughter (Izabela Vidovic) and 10-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) with facial differences entering mainstream elementary school for the first time.

When asked if they had any advice for their ten year old selves, Roberts said: “I have a ten year old son and I tell him to run.”

Meanwhile Wilson says he remembers 5th grade vividly, and enjoyed having his brother Andrew Wilson at the same school to protect him. “It helped so much having an older brother who was already at the school, so that would be the advice I’d give, have a cool older brother.”

Wonder hits theaters November 17, just one day before Wilson’s 49th birthday. 

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