If you haven’t heard of actor Farley Jackson yet, trust me — you soon will.
Farley delivers a powerful performance in the upcoming film “Keep the Faith,” which shares a modern-day tale of rapture, Christian persecution and redemption. He also lent his skills as an executive producer to the project, alongside writer/director/producer Choice Skinner.
This talented actor with a gorgeous smile is also highly sought after in the world of television, landing roles in Will Arnett’s new Netflix comedy, “Flaked,” and in John Singleton’s pilot, “Snowfall,” for FX.
Farley Jackson opens up about this new Christian action-drama, stepping in as a producer and so much more in our recent interview.
Give us an overview of the new film “Keep the Faith.”
FARLEY JACKSON: Keep The Faith chronicles the story of Timothy, an ex-gang leader who comes to Christ years after the rapture and is persecuted in a Christian containment camp by his rival Hakim, a former drug dealer, in an attempt at both, revenge against Timothy for the drive by shooting he fell victim to at Timothy’s hands seven years prior, as well as, forcing Timothy to deny his new found faith in Jesus Christ, and accept the mark of the beast.
What can you share with us about ‘Brick’ and the dilemma he finds himself caught in?
FJ: ‘Brick’ enters into the action as Timothy’s dangerously loyal friend, who finds himself caught in a moral dilemma between his current leader, once formal rival, ‘Hakim’, and his former best-friend.
What do you hope audiences take away from the film?
FJ: Keep The Faith is a film that is wholly inspired by the bible. As a child, the movies I watched inspired me and made impacts on my life that played major parts in the man I am today. My hope is simply for everyone in every walk of life that views this film feels something, that someone, somewhere, is affected by the performances and content in this film.
You’re also an Executive Producer on the film; what made you want to get involved with the project?
FJ: Being a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, I felt an obligation and accountability to be part of this film, given its source. It was an extremely challenging experience, by far my most challenging to date, but I’m a better man, not to mention, a more powerful artist, because of it. Actually, this film was the mark of a colossal turning point in my life, and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.
If you had to pick, what was the most challenging thing about working on this film?
FJ: By far, the most challenging thing about working on this film was being an executive producer on the project. This was a first for me as an executive producer on such a major scale, and it was quite intimidating for me at times. My faith and character was definitely tried in a multitude of ways throughout this process, but through it all, God made my character and allegiance to Him stronger than ever, not to mention, my overall resolve when it comes to all manners of circumstances. If anything, I now lean on my faith in Him in all matters, now, more than ever, and I have more peace of mind and fervor as a result of this.
The obvious question is — will you be producing more projects in the future?
FJ: I believe that I will be producing more films in the future, and when that time comes, I’ll approach it with a more profound sense of responsibility and a greater capacity to appreciate the process.
You’re also appearing in the Netflix comedy “Flaked” – what can you share about this project?
FJ: Flaked, is an original Netflix Serio-Comedy, from Will Arnett (Arrested Development), who stars and executive produces along with Mark Chappell (The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret). I enter the story as ‘Marcus’, an extreme, militant fitness trainer who mercilessly lays the ‘fitness smack-down’ on his multimillionaire software developer client, ‘Topher’, played by the extremely easy going and majorly talented, (Christopher Mintz-Plasse).
Anything else you’d like to tell with our readers?
FJ: October 21st is the an exclusive industry red carpet, sneak preview of Keep The Faith, written and directed by award-winning, indie film writer/director/producer, Choice Skinner, at the Arclight Theater, in the Sherman Oaks Galleria. It’s going to be an Epic night, a lot of major industry professionals have already rsvp’d to come out and support! I will not disclose any names at this time, but all will be evident soon enough! I’d like to thank you guys for reaching out to me at such a pivotal time in my career, I’ve been an avid follower of yours since you’ve hit the scene, and I must thank you for providing such a wonderful platform for artists, such as myself, to be acknowledged and be given voice, as well as a place where those that follow us can be kept abreast on all of our most recent feats and endeavors.
I also must thank Tammy Lynn of Spotlight PR Company for making this interview possible. They are an amazing company providing an amazing service! Shout out and much love and appreciation to the Breakin Through Acting Workshop & our acting instructor, Choice Skinner, for his tireless efforts to prepare us to be A List Actors that will make an impact on the world through the truth in our artistry!
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Thanks, Farley — keep believing and creating!