'Manifest' star Josh Dallas confesses he is nothing like his onscreen character Ben Stone
Ben Stone is a man of science and looks for answers in theories, but Josh Dallas is a spiritual man who believes in an upper hand.
Ben Stone is practical and does not believe in the mythical faith that his sister, Michaela, has resorted to. Reflecting the incident with the Malaysian Flight 370, director Jeff Rake's 'Manifest' follows the disappearance of Montego Air Flight 828 almost five years ago. When the flight returns to the land, the passengers discover that they had been presumed dead for almost five years, and they themselves have returned with some unusual abilities to see visions and hearing mysterious voices.
Josh Dallas' character, Ben Stone, who was one of the passengers hears some eerie music and voices just like the other passengers who seem to be driven by sudden desires to relive their lives the better way. However, being a professor of mathematics himself Ben is convinced of a possible explanation behind everything. He even teams up with the fellow passenger, Doctor Saanvi (played by Parveen Kaur), who discovered a strange mark in their heads that could lead to the probability of them being schizophrenic. However, in real Dallas would do exactly what Michaela is doing- have faith in a higher power.
While speaking with Parade, the actor confessed, "In real life, I would definitely think this was some kind of higher power. Something to do with the universe connecting all of us together." He also states that being a practical man, Ben does not deal with the absurd sensations very well. Dallas explains, "It’s not something that is part of his language. It’s not something that he believes in. It’s not something that enters into his world. He’s very concrete. He’s earth-bound and he believes that there is a scientific answer to what happened to them and he is going to find it."
Ben has been keeping a track of every passenger on that plane and is now trying to find out if his son, Cal's (played by Jack Messina) powers are as threatening as they seem to be. Both he and Saanvi have been suspecting the government's involvement in the disappearance of the plane, but they still do not know the reason why the government would do that. Unlike Michaela, however, Ben, for the most part, is trying to ignore the voices. In the fifth episode, he tries to get out of his head and spend some time with Cal, but he is led back to those voices when Cal says the same thing that Ben has been hearing in his head, "It is all connected."
Dallas states, "As these callings keep happening, he’s not going to trust them. He’s going to warn his sister that these things may not always be good. They could, in fact, be bad and lead them down paths that they don’t want to go down. So, they can’t just follow them blindly. They have to be cautious. But we will get to something in a later episode that just might change his mind, and start making them think differently." Probably Ben will begin to consider the possibility of the involvement of an external power- beyond the understanding of science- when he discovers that his son, Cal can see the future.