I first met Mark Joseph in 2010 when he was in D.C. to preview his latest movie, Doonby. I happened to be having dinner with one of the stars of the movie, Robert Davi. When Joseph introduced himself I realized that another friend, Ann Coulter, had been singing his praises to me for several years. In fact, Coulter recently told me he is a “Christian warrior!”
Joseph has worked in development and marketing on more than 20 films, including Ray, The Chronicles of Narnia, I Am David, Holes, and Because of Winn-Dixie. Additionally, he produced the soundtrack for The Passion of the Christ. Joseph is currently producing the movie Reagan. The movie will be based on the books by Paul Kengor. On why he was inspired by Kengor’s books, Joseph told me, “Reagan has often been called inscrutable and one of the reasons for this is because few people understood his faith. As a result he was either the guy who skipped church or a crazed fundamentalist who sat around debating when to start Armageddon. Thanks to Paul Kengor we know that he was neither and if he hadn't gone to the church that Reagan grew up in and asked to see the sermons that shaped him at a young age, our understanding of Reagan would be severely limited. God and Ronald Reagan helped us understand Reagan the man, while The Crusader helped us understand the nuts and bolts of the plan he developed to end the Soviet Union. Together they gave me the balance I was looking for."
Joseph is also the author of several books, including The Lion, The Professor & The Movies: Narnia's Journey To The Big Screen and Wild Card: The Promise & Peril of Sarah Palin.
It can be tough being a traditionalist in Hollywood, but Mark Joseph is not only committed to traditional principles, but also to producing good movies.
Each week the De Pasquale's Dozen asks political figures, free market-minded writers and entertainers to take a break from politics and talk about their pop culture obsessions.
1. If there were a television channel that only showed one movie over and over, what movie should it be?
I need to laugh so I'd want it to be a comedy. Probably Cactus Flower, a wonderful movie starring Walter Mathau, Ingrid Bergman and Goldie Hawn from the '60's. My friends Craig and Jane discovered this movie in the mid ‘80’s and I still have their copy.
2. What’s one of your favorite movie quotes?
It’s from Rocky VI, when Rocky teaches his son about life:
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