Welsh actor and voice actor John Rhys-Davies of "Lord the Rings" fame has officially accepted a lead role in "Beyond the Mask," a period action-adventure currently filming in the Detroit area. Beloved by American and British audiences alike, SAG award winning actor Rhys-Davies is best known for his roles as Sallah in "Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark" and Gimli the dwarf in the acclaimed "Lord the Rings" trilogy.
This fall, Rhys-Davies will play Charles Kemp, a powerful entrepreneur in the British East India Company. Kemp is at once a respected businessman and feared criminal. Rhys-Davies joins a cast of over 30 respected actors, including Ade M'Cormack of Lost and Thomas Mahard of Gran Torino.
Set in the tumult of 1770s England and America, "Beyond the Mask" follows the trail of an East India Company hitman who seeks the power to bury his past, become a hero, and win the girl. Ultimately, in spite of his best efforts and traded identities, he realizes his need for justification through Christ alone. Marrying intense action-adventure and period drama, "Beyond the Mask" offers a unique and pioneering approach to Christian film.
Rhys-Davies is known as a political conservative. In In 2004 he told the National Review he is opposed to Islamic extremism because he feels that it violates Western beliefs in equality, democracy, tolerance, and the abolition of slavery.
According to walesonline.co.uk, in a 2004 interview with American journalists from World magazine Rhys-Davies stated:
"There is a demographic catastrophe happening in Europe that nobody wants to talk about, that we daren't bring up because we are so cagey about not offending people racially. And rightly we should be. But there is a cultural thing as well.
"By 2020, 50 per cent of the children in Holland under the age of 18 will be of Muslim descent.
"I think that Tolkien says that some generations will be challenged. And if they do not rise to meet that challenge, they will lose their civilization. That does have a real resonance with me."
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