These blogs are created to give a behind -the-scenes look at the inspiration behind the upcoming movie The Favorite. This film, hitting theaters in September, is based on incredible true events behind The Favorite Movie.
Luke Bernard’s life threatening accident gave him this vision that led him to write the screenplay for The Favorite just months after he was learning how to write all over again due to his traumatic brain injury.
Before my accident, one of my passions was stage acting. My memory was exceptional; memorizing a seven-page monologue wasn’t much of a challenge. But now I look at the notes my family kept to blog my daily activities, the entry describing me coming home April 27th, the next one where I’m resting on April 28th, and I draw blanks.
As I continue to read through the pages, I can see when I started writing on my own. On one page, I’d written out memory verses: John 3:16, John 1:1, and Psalm 105:1. On the facing page, the prayer I wrote for the National Day of Prayer, 2013 leaps out.
Wow. Thinking back, I don’t remember Pastor Randy asking me to speak and pray, but I knew I wanted to thank those who had prayed for me. Looking back at what I wrote, it’s clear that I still had a lot of recovery ahead.
“Thanks to who out there prayed for me to get better because come home I safe and complete. It took some time but I am very take ful (sic) of your constant prayers because It changed me. I know a few might be discouraged to pray for people to get Jobs or anything but your prayers count and God hears what you say and listens to you. I know God heals and makes a reson (sic) with people are healed. I just hope I live like he wants me to live and make a little diference (sic) in this world and change some one. I thank God for his healing and encouragement to live in wow (sic). Thanks for all incouragment (sic) on me. Thank God amen”
Reading it now is like reading the thoughts and spelling of a young child. But back then, the real challenge was to deliver it. I remember practicing in my family’s back yard,trying so desperately to memorize this prayer, sweating profusely and worried I wouldn’t be able to do it. The footage from that speech is included in the movie, The Favorite. Even now, tears spring to my eyes. I was so scared that I wouldn’t be able to remember as well as I used to, that I wouldn’t be“normal.”
My memory is still tacky, but I know God is not done with me.
As I flip through the notes, one of those early memory verses catches my eye: “Give thanks to the LORD and proclaim His greatness. Let the whole world know what He has done.”
Sometimes,we have to adjust our definition of what constitutes “normal.”
And sometimes, we just have to wait on God as we demonstrate our faith through action, believing in His complete healing. But there is something very powerful we can do right now: pray for each other.
The Favorite, a family film based on these true events, is due to be released September, 2019, in theaters nationwide.
March 9, 2013 Luke Bernard was in a near-fatal car accident. He entered L.A. County Hospital with barely a pulse. He had a GCS of 3 with dilated and fixed pupils, and had a zero chance of survival. The neurosurgeon performed emergency surgery. A 4 x 5 inch piece of his skull was needed to be removed allowing the damaged brain to swell. Doctors removed two blood clots on his brain. He had two broken vertebrae in his neck and back, as well as facial and rib fractures. Thousands were mobilized to pray for complete recovery. Luke had a miraculous recovery, returning home to Florida after six weeks in the hospital.
DREAM BECOMES MOVIE
Two months after returning home, Luke had a cranioplasty to replace his skull. Those with brain trauma typically have insomnia. Luke was no exception. HowEver, one evening he had a deep sleep and God gave him a dream. The next morning, he was excited that he had slept and told his parents about the dream. His parents encouraged him to write the dream down, believing it would be good for his rehab. One month and 90 pages later, Luke had written the first draft of The Favorite. Six months prior to this, Luke was relearning to write his name.
ABOUT THE FIM
The Favorite is about two brothers. One brother, Luke, is a star college soccer player verging on a pro career. The other brother, Benjamin perceives his brother is the favorite. Soccer is his father’s favorite sport. Ben pursues MMA fighting in hopes to win his father’s favor.