Interviewer: Your protagonist is a science teacher, and you also have a scientist at the end who talks about the limits of rational thought. How does that tie into the whole spiritual aspect?
Shyamalan: Right. Well, you know, I was reading the Einstein biography when I was writing the screenplay. I don’t know if you’ve read it. It’s just fantastic. The new one, by Isaacson. A beautiful, beautiful book. One of the things I was struck by–and when you read the book you may not even see that it’s in there, but I saw it in there–was that Einstein was this guy…
Wahlberg: He converted?
Shyamalan: Yeah, he rejected religion and became atheistic, did his wondrous things in his twenties and got really into it. Then in the gaps in science he started seeing a hand, you know? In his point of view, the hand of God. A divine kind of “Is there something there?” His life struggle was finding an overall formula, an overall thing that could define the design of things, and a belief that that was there. And then he became very religious.
Adorable, adorable Zoey! I fell in love with her when she was in ‘Almost Famous’. Fell in love with her again with ‘A Hitchhikers Guide’ (atheist movie, w00t!)… And now she does this??? A crappy M. Night Schamalanadingdong movie with evil plants and Jesus?
Knife in my heart, Zoey. Knife in my heart.
** Part 2, in an unexpected series