Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Robert Mullen (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

9/4/2014 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (

Blake Rayne sees 'The Identical' as a positive film of hope and love

"If He is in your dreams, nothing can stand against them," says the tagline of the new movie "The Identical". It's a simple phrase, but in this drama set primarily against the backdrop of the rise of rock and roll through the '50s and the '60s it still manages to capture one of the great truths of the world and echoes the powerful message this film conveys to its audience.

Blake Rayne portrays two characters in the new film 'The Identical'. Drexel Hemsley, a rock and roll legend a la Elvis, and Ryan Wade, the son of a preacher who wants to pursue a career in music instead of following his father's footsteps into the ministry.

Blake Rayne portrays two characters in the new film "The Identical". Drexel Hemsley, a rock and roll legend a la Elvis, and Ryan Wade, the son of a preacher who wants to pursue a career in music instead of following his father's footsteps into the ministry.


By Robert Mullen (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

9/4/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Movies

Keywords: Entertainment, Movies, Films, Upcoming Movies, The Identical

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Blake Rayne, the film's lead actor who portrays two distinctly different characters within the film, agrees that the film's message of hope, love and faith through adversity is truly inspirational.

"I think it's such a powerful message for the people, the youth of today, who are struggling with who they are and who they're supposed to be moving forward in life," he said.

Ryan Wade (Blake Rayne) is a character who wants nothing more than to play music, but can only watch

Ryan Wade (Blake Rayne) is a character who wants nothing more than to play music, but can only watch as the rise of rock and roll sweeps others to greatness in the '50s and '60s.

In the past, many films which try to portray a Christian theme or message are designed explicitly for a Christian audience, and the strong messages in these films often alienate non-Christian viewers. "The Identical" does not have this problem, striking a perfect balance between great cinema and a powerful message about God's love.

"The thing that is unique about this film," said Rayne. "Is that while there is definitely faith undertones throughout, it's not necessarily throwing it in anyone's face. I feel like people who have faith and go to the film will enjoy the movie but at the same time the message is there. There's messages about love, but the thing that really strikes me is the central theme, when you're heart is in the right spot you're seeing the Lord and His will in your life, and that gut feeling you get is from Him and you should follow it."

Rayne is no stranger to this gut feeling. Point of fact, he was living a rather mundane life until he was set upon the path that led him to taking his first acting role in this film, winning an Elvis impersonator contest in 1998 even though he had no previous acting or singing experience.

"I used to build websites for a living, and I was dared by my mother to enter this local Elvis contest. I was just thinking that I was calling her bluff and decided to enter the contest and as fate, or luck, would have it I ended up winning. It cracked open the door to something that, in my mind, I'd been wanting to do since I was a young child, and I was able to break into that and learn how to be an entertainer and a singer."

While touring the country as the King of Rock and Roll wasn't a bad gig-and even included a singing appearance with Celine Dion on American Idol in 2007, Rayne really hadn't found himself yet. He moved down to Nashville to start working on his own music, a move that his character Ryan Wade would understand completely.

"I started writing my own music and I got a band together, and that's ultimately what led to me being in a rehearsal studio with my band in Nashville when, Yochanan Marcellino (the executive producer of "the Identical") was there at the same time, wanting to rent the studio to work on the music for the film.

"That's how we met, and ultimately how I get the lead role of this movie."

Just like the film's main character, Ryan Wade, Rayne's big break came from the most unlikely places. It isn't the only similarity between the character and the actor portraying him, but it is the most noticeable and just one of the many reasons Rayne feels so connected to his character.

"There's a lot of similarities between myself and Ryan Wade, and the journey that both of us have taken and I was able to pull a great deal from my own experiences in portraying the character."

"I grew up in a very religious home with very strict parents, they wanted me to play sports, go to college, get good grades and better my life that way. I had always wanted to be involved in High School choir and High School plays but wasn't able to do that. So I struggled with that as a young man not being able to necessarily follow the dream that I wanted, just like Ryan Wade."

Reverend Reece Wade (Ray Liotta) wants nothing more than to see his son have a great life following

Reverend Reece Wade (Ray Liotta) wants nothing more than to see his son have a great life following a path of faith and love. One of the major conflicts in the film is between Reverend Wade and his son, as neither can agree on what the true path to a full life is.

Even with his entertainment experiences, jumping into the lead role of a major Hollywood film was a new experience for Rayne, and his success, he feels, should be attributed to his veteran co-stars.

"Going into it I really didn't know much about it. I was very blessed to be surrounded by some amazing performers," he said, referring to co-stars Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, Erin Cottrell and Seth Green.

"They were just pros. They took me under their wing and showed my nothing but love and respect along the way, and it could have been a very difficult situation they just made it amazing, and I give them so much credit."

Such a positive experience in acting has given Rayne a new career opportunity, which he hopes to be able to pursue in the coming years.

"Looking forward, I guess you could say that I got the bug and I look forward to being able to continue as an actor, I really enjoy the craft, the arts of acting, and hope to be doing a little more in the future."

Ultimately, Rayne believes that "The Identical" can positively impact people with it's message of love and hope.

"From my personal standpoint I don't think it even matters if you're a young person, or older in life, we struggle all the time with decisions, career decisions, relationships, if we can just solidify it down to the basics; if your hearts in the right place and you're following the Lord's will, then the path will be put before you."

"At the end of the day it's just a good story, it's a story that needs to be told."


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'

Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for October 2015
That human trafficking, the modern form of slavery, may be eradicated.
Evangelization: That with a missionary spirit the Christian communities of Asia may announce the Gospel to those who are still awaiting it.


More Movies

Braveheart screenwriter contributes success to God Watch

Image of Randall Wallace.


Randall Wallace, known for his films Braveheart, Heaven is For Real, Pearl Harbor and The Man in the Iron Mask, said he was unsuccessful in life until he asked God to help him.After he asked God for guidance, Wallace went from jobless to becoming one of Hollywood's ... continue reading

Horrific notorious abortion doctor, Kermit Gosnell, featured in documentary Watch

Image of Kermit Gosnell.


A new documentary has been created centered around abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, titled 3801 Lancaster: American Tragedy. The trailer is set to be released Monday night. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - The feature-length documentary has been in production ... continue reading

Filmmaker attempts to raise awareness of Christian persecution in the Middle East Watch

Image of 'Return to the Hiding Place' brings awareness of Christian persecution in the Middle East.


Film writer and director Peter Spencer has announced his attempt to raise awareness about the critical situation of Christians being persecuted in the Middle East through his film Return to the Hiding Place. It is about a group of people who fight to save the lives of ... continue reading

Faith-based film 'War Room' out grosses secular films such as 'No Escape' and 'We Are Your friends' Watch

Image of It pays to be frugal when producing films, as

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A quiet domestic drama about a family who turns to prayer -- "War Room" opened at theaters nationwide this past weekend. "War Room" spoke to an unspoken need among moviegoers, as its box office receipts far overtook the debuting action drama "No Escape" and the ... continue reading

Horror film director Wes Craven, of 'Nightmare on Elm Street' series dies at 76 Watch

Image of A kindly man with a sly smile perpetually planted on his scholarly face, horror film director Wes Craven knew what he was doing.

By Greg Goodsell (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

As a director of horror films, Wes Craven definitely had his vicissitudes. He had some disappointments, and not all of his films spun gold at the box office. He would remain world-famous had he only directed three of his films, "Last House on the Left" in 1972, ... continue reading

Movie star Tom Cruise builds sinister studios to boost Scientology Watch

Image of Rabid Scientology adherent and movie star Tom Cruise is building a $50 million dollar state-of-the art studio on five acres in Hollywood. Word is out that the station will broadcast news with a Scientological slant -

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Rabid Scientology adherent and movie star Tom Cruise is building a $50 million dollar state-of-the art studio on five acres in Hollywood. Word is out that the station will broadcast news with a Scientological slant -  "A Scientology CNN," and spread the ... continue reading

God's Not Dead sequel expected to become biggest Christian film of 2016 Watch

Image of


During a recent Church Boys podcast, David A.R. White shared some details about the upcoming sequel to the 2014 Christian movie hit "God's Not Dead." The actor-producer and co-founder of the production company, Pure Flix Entertainment explained that the follow-up movie ... continue reading

Action star Sylvester Stallone says his Rambo character will take on ISIS next Watch

Image of The 68-year-old Sylvester Stallone shared all at the San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It's a sign of the times... Fabled action star Sylvester Stallone will take his Rambo character in an all-out assault against ISIS in Syria and Iraq in the final film in the series, "Last Blood." LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The fifth installment in the ... continue reading

Duck Dynasty actor gets serious sharing inspiring religious message to fans Watch

Image of


Uncle Si Robertson, popularly known as comical and fun on Duck Dynasty has recently shown a more serious side as he talked about the importance in giving honor to veterans. He admitted that he was struck in awe by a statement from someone attending the red carpet ... continue reading

Apple quivers over scandalous new biopic movie on the life of Steve Jobs Watch

Image of Apple feels the new film will only focus on the negative parts of Jobs.


Although the late Steve Jobs was not known to be perfect and flawless, he was certainly not the most villainous employer the world had ever known. However, the latest trailer for the new film about Job's life showcased him as a jerk, arrogant throwing tantrums, ... continue reading

All Movies News


Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for October 4th, 2015 Image

St. Francis of Assisi
October 4: Founder of the Franciscan Order, born at Assisi in Umbria, in ... Read More