Brennan Elliott and Nikki DeLoach’s new Christmas movie The Gift of Peace just premiered at Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Elliott spoke in recent media interviews about why the film was difficult to make and why he was scared when he first read the script.
Elliott said his wife encouraged him to do the film
in a (n Interview with TV fanaticElliott shared that he was scared when he first read the script, but his wife Cami encouraged him to do the film.
“There were a few scripts that came on my desk and this was one that I read and it scared me to be honest,” he told TV Fanatic. “When I first read it, I thought, wow. It’s a testament to Hallmark’s varied content, going deeper with certain films…”
He explained that it was his wife, Cami, who encouraged him to do the film.
“I actually had my wife read it, and she said to me, ‘You really should do this. There are people out there who are going through real struggles and dealing with a lot of pain and this could serve as a cure and give them a little bit of hope,” he revealed.
He later explained how he felt when he first read the script and explained that it struck him as he tries to make all his films very personal.
“I don’t want to do this. It scares me to death,” he explained of his reaction upon reading the script for the first time. “…I knew what it was like to lose someone and be in grief. I know what it’s like to even face the fear of impending grief… Obviously, as a caregiver for my wife’s illness, that struck me in some ways that terrified me. But at the same time, those are the ones you want to do.
He said he spoke to co-star DeLoach, who also addressed grief.
“We both decided to sort of jump into the ocean of grief together,” Elliott said.
He admitted that some days it was difficult to film because of the content, but they really helped each other through it.
Elliott added that everyone will go through pain and grief at some point that is incredibly difficult to deal with, and he hopes this film will bring comfort and hope.
“No matter what you are going through, going through or going through in the future, there are messages and things in this film that can give you a sense of hope, peace and optimism that you can get through this,” he shared .
Elliott said a support group helped him when his wife was diagnosed with cancer
in a (n Interview with Media Village, Elliott revealed that this is the most difficult project he has ever done. His character is the leader of a support group focused on helping people deal with their grief. He said he found a support group while helping his wife with cancer and it has been incredibly helpful to him.
“I joined a support group as a caregiver for my wife’s illness long before this got on my desk,” he told Media Village. “I needed help… That’s when I first learned about anticipatory grief — your fear that ‘this might happen and I might lose her.’ I would not have been able to deal with my own emotional struggles during the journey of her illness and my fears without knowing it [about] that. My online group helped me.”
Elliott announced in early April that his wife had been diagnosed with stage IV metastatic gastric cancer. They’ve been candid with friends and fans about their health journey. in a (n Interviewed by People in Augusthe shared that his wife is fine, but the journey has been tough.
“Right now there are no signs of illness,” he told People. “That’s our pleasure. We just want to keep that crustacean away from her. It’s a lot of long nights.”
Elliott’s wife Cami will have another cancer operation over the Christmas week and Elliott has asked fans to keep praying for her.
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