Actor Val Kilmer is becoming increasingly familiar with MOSES - because his upcoming stage performance will mark his third time playing the Biblical hero.

The WONDERLAND star will appear in stage musical The Ten Commandments in a limited run beginning this month (SEP04) in Hollywood, and he's getting to know Moses very well.

He jokes, "I don't know what I'm learning from the story, but God's not convinced yet, so I have to keep doing it over and over."

The actor voiced the title role in the 1998 animated hit THE PRINCE OF EGYPT, and in recent months he has completed recording the narration of hip-hop gospel musical MOSES.

The devout Christian Scientist adds, "I've been teaching my kids the Ten Commandments, and the way they are presented in this story is more appealing than in most children's books.

"To be involved with a character who is so uncompromising in his devotion to good is just not something I could have expected. He doesn't want the job, which makes him an incredibly attractive guy, because how many of us are given opportunities and back away from them?

"Not to be grand, but our country invites every citizen to be great. MARTIN LUTHER KING said a man who is not willing to die for freedom shouldn't be allowed to live in it. That to me is the key to Moses."

08/09/2004 02:11