Mark Will: Like the spirituals of old, a secular spiritual expresses a longing for connection with the divine mystery, but it does not promote any particular dogma or religion.
Alex Demyanenko: Usually celebrity activism seems shallow and does little to impact actual change, but in this case the filmmakers arm Lear and these “actorvists” with not only stellar journalistic support, but also document them on deeper journeys than are found in standard outings of “drive-by” celebrity activism.
Alex Demyanenko: What is the other existential threat facing our society apart from climate change? Inequality just stuck out as this huge challenge that needs to be confronted.
Overall, the reaction has been positive. Most people are able to see the humor in it. But I’ve been surprised by the prudishness of certain self-described progressives who have objected to the song and the imagery we have used to promote it on social media.
This fall, we’ll see him in what could turn out to be his biggest role yet, as Scott Hipwell in The Girl On The Train.