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The Hands of Jason Bateman and the Hands of Christ
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JASON BATEMAN as Sandy in "Identity Thief", an all-star comedy in which a regular guy is forced to extreme measures to clear his name. With everything to lose after his identity is stolen, he'll find out how crazed you can get trying to settle a bad credit score.

"And action," the director cued.

I lifted the license of Sandy Bigalow Patterson, Jason Bateman's character in Identity Thief. After that shot, I moved on to another, and then another—my hands, my feet, my body, all used for the glory of Jason Bateman. I serve as his body double and stand-in for the film.

Bateman has become a household name, growing up a child star and moving on to lead roles in Arrested Development, Juno, Horrible Bosses, and others, but you've certainly never heard of me, Matthew Eldridge, though you may have seen my hands on screen. How many of us know the names of anyone behind the scenes in Hollywood? The directors or the directors of photography? Camera men? Great films rely not just on acting talent, but a team of talented individuals who work in lighting, gaffing, sound, special effects, painting, props, and so on. And that's just production.

Bateman scored another hit movie with Identity Thief, which topped the box office last month, because his talents were accentuated by crew members who excel in their fields, departments full of award-winning professionals who often go unnamed and unrecognized.

Serving in ministry for almost 20 years and now working in the film industry, I can't help but notice the parallels between a successful film set and an effective ministry. While the pastor, teacher, or evangelist serves as the primary mouthpiece and ministry's well-known name, they didn't achieve success alone. Behind every Billy Graham, Rick Warren, Mark Driscoll, or Francis Chan, there's a dynamic team helping execute the ministry's vision. Behind every lead pastor or nonprofit CEO, there are the skilled individuals who support the various areas ...

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