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Aidan Quinn defies God in 'Commandments'

Quinn screaming into the sky

May 1, 1997
Web posted at: 10:00 p.m. EDT

(CNN) -- For Seth Warner, nearly every day is a bad day.

Warner, played by Aidan Quinn, is the star of the new film "Commandments." One after another, he loses his wife, his job and his house -- and he believes God is to blame.

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In the midst of a thunderstorm, Warner shouts at God, demanding to know why his life is in turmoil and why God has let him down. The answer? His dog is hit by lightning and loses a leg.

"Seth is on that kind of self-centered quest, thinking, thinking that the whole world -- God -- owes him answers," Quinn said.

Cox

Pushed beyond his limits, an anguished Warner decides to act out his grief by breaking each of the Ten Commandments.

He carries out his mission while living with his brother Harry and sister-in-law Rachel, played by Anthony LaPaglia and Courteney Cox, who took a break from "Friends" to work on the film.

"I wanted to have the opportunity to work with really good actors on something more serious," Cox explained. "This film's kind of a dark, religious fable, and the comedy comes in just out of the strange circumstances."

La Paglia

The actors said they can relate to the moral themes.

"I think I'm always kind of on a spiritual quest," Cox said. I grew up with a certain type of belief, and I still have that exact belief, but as opposed to it being as rigid as the way I was born and raised, I just bring in a little bit of everything."

LaPaglia has his own view.

"The whole question of God and what God is, and whether it's a blond guy with a beard, I don't know... I don't know that. Do I believe that there's something greater at work than the sum of humanity? Yeah, I think so."

Reporter Lauren Hunter contributed to this report.
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