'Silence' star Andrew Garfield easily fell in love with Jesus while making persecution film

"Silence" star Andrew Garfield has revealed that he surprisingly fell in love with Jesus Christ while taking part in a Jesuit retreat ahead of the shooting for the Christian persecution film.

(REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn)Actor Andrew Garfield attends the premiere of "Silence" in Hollywood, California, January 5, 2017.

In an interview with the National Catholic Review magazine, Garfield shared his experiences in preparing for the persecution film. The "Silence" actor described what happened to him when he participated in Jesuit retreat, which aimed to help a person find God's will for his or her life.

Garfield said the retreat brought about a lot of changes and transformation in him which pointed him in the direction that God wants him to go and to his true identity. The "Silence" star also revealed that he was surprised at how easy he fell in love with Jesus Christ during that time.

"What was really easy was falling in love with this person, was falling in love with Jesus Christ. That was the most surprising thing," Garfield told the magazine. "That was the most remarkable thing ... falling in love, and how easy it was to fall in love with Jesus."

In addition, Garfield said he felt bad and angry for Jesus because of the way people had given Him a "bad name." The actor shared that he brought his "feeling of not-enough-ness" to Christ so that he could be healed from it.

During a special screening of "Silence" in Rome last month, director Martin Scorsese was able to meet with Pope Francis, who stayed for a while to answer questions from Jesuit priests who were there. The meeting was significant for the pontiff because he once wanted to be a missionary in Japan but was unable to do so because of health reasons, Reuters reports.

Pope Francis told Scorsese that he had read Shūsaku Endō's 1966 novel which was the basis of the movie "Silence."

Scorsese's latest movie tells the story of two Portuguese Jesuit missionaries who went to Japan in the 17th century to look for their mentor who is feared to have renounced his faith due to the widespread Christian persecution. "Silence" shows the situation of many underground believers in Japan, who held on to their faith even though Christianity was banned in the country at that time.