“We thought it was a compelling alternative to not solely study the hypocrisy of his illicit affair with the primary household of evangelicalism, however a number of the even larger macro points,” Corben tells New Occasions. “Particularly, the rise of the Falwell’s dynasty, their outsized affect on presidential politics, and the way non secular hucksters went from televangelism to increased schooling to the White Home.”
Granda’s story and extra would be the focus of the Hulu documentary God Forbid: The Intercourse Scandal That Introduced Down a Dynasty, coproduced by Corben and Spellman by their movie manufacturing firm Rakontur alongside Oscar-winner Adam McKay (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, The Huge Brief, and Vice) and Todd Schulman (producer of Who Is America with Sasha Baron Cohen). The official trailer for the challenge, directed by Corben, was launched at this time by Hulu.
“What’s essential right here is that no one needs to kink disgrace the Falwells. We might care much less about what it’s that they are into. I imply, that is type of what Miami is all about, proper?” Corben says of the documentary. “That is concerning the hypocrisy.”
Granda was reportedly 20 when he first met the Falwells whereas working as a pool attendant on the Fontainebleau, a gig Corben says Granda took on for one 12 months to place himself by faculty at Florida Worldwide College (FIU). Granda has mentioned that he met the couple “a number of instances per 12 months” from 2012 to 2018 at accommodations in Miami and New York Metropolis, in addition to on the Falwells’ residence in Virginia, to have intercourse with Becki Falwell whereas her husband “seemed on.”
In August 2020, Granda’s account of his seven-year sexual relationship with Falwell and Becki was shared in a bombshell Reuters report. The story rocked the non secular proper. Falwell resigned as president of the conservative Liberty College hours after the article appeared on-line, and a years-long battle ensued between the trio, that includes accusations of predatory conduct and extortion.
The newly launched trailer hints at some beforehand unearthed accusations by Granda towards the Falwells, together with that Falwell “appreciated to file his spouse having intercourse with me.”
“As a pool attendant, I might get hit on,” Granda says within the opening of the trailer. “But when I might have identified that accepting this girl’s invitation to return to her resort room would have led to a scandal involving the president of the most important Christian college on this planet and the president of america, I might have walked away and simply loved my non-public life.”
Corben says he likes to explain the documentary as “Get Out meets The Righteous Gems.”
“This child from Westchester, , he meets the Falwells there, after which will get introduced into this world of cash, energy, and privilege, and most significantly, this type of evangelical subculture of America,” Corben tells New Occasions. “It takes fairly a number of years, however he has that Get Out second. I guarantee you.”
The ménage à trois between Granda and the Falwells finally fizzled, Granda has mentioned, partially owing to an unpleasant enterprise dispute involving a Miami Seashore hostel. A Politico reporter who spent a weekend there in 2017 deemed it a “flophouse” that welcomed a laundry record of behaviors that may probably get college students expelled from Liberty College, the Christian faculty based by Falwell’s father, famous televangelist Jerry Falwell Sr.
Regardless of all that is occurred through the years — what Corben aptly refers to as “telenovela drama” — Granda nonetheless stays a companion within the firm that owns the property of the previous hostel at 810 Alton Rd. Data present that the property is owned by the corporate Alton Hostel LLC, which is owned by Granda and Jerry Falwell Jr.’s son.
God Forbid: The Intercourse Scandal That Introduced Down a Dynasty premieres November 1 on Hulu.