The faith based film 'Do You Believe?' arrived in theaters today and BREATHEcast sat down with lead Ted McGinley to discuss the movie's A-list cast and what the power of the cross means to him.
The film touches on many relevant topics, such as crime, the military, religious freedom, suicide, abortion, and more. It spans across different cultural backgrounds and brings the message of Jesus Christ to both the believing and non-believing crowd.
'Do You Believe?' also stars Academy Award-winner Mira Sorvino, Sean Astin, Cybill Shepherd, and Lee Majors, among others. It depicts the lives of different souls-all moving in different directions, all longing for something more. As their lives unexpectedly intersect, they each are about to discover there is power in the cross of Christ...even if they don't believe it. Yet.
McGinley known for his roles in 'Happy Days' and 'Married With Children' said he immediately jumped on board once reading the script. "David A.R. White called me and said 'hey I think I got something for you'. So when I read it, there were four parts that I wanted to play and I thought 'that never happens. So right away just the script alone was enough to pull you in," he said, "The writing is everything, the script comes first."
During the candid chat, McGinley said one of his dreams as a child was to actually become a pastor and having to act as one was fulfilling to him. "To get the opportunity to play the pastor and marry one of those fantasies of mine as a kid to [my] real life. That's pretty cool," he shared.
The California native said that although the film does not shy away from its Christian message, not everyone on set were Christians.
"There's always a part as an actor, [that] you just take the part as a gig," he responded, when asked if his A-list cast mates were invested in the film for its message, "For some actors it is just a gig and maybe there were some, but I think what happens on a film like this, especially now that they're seeing it, is that they realize the full scope of a movie like that. And I think you can't work on a film like that without being changed in some way."
McGinley though, assured that for him it was both a gig and passion project and it made it all the more rewarding.
The cross of Jesus Christ is a very important part of 'Do You Believe?' and although the well-known actor does not overtly share his Christian faith often he did say what the cross means to him.
"It means forgiveness, it means everlasting life and I believe it is the way and it is the truth. When I say that in the film, that wasn't in the script, I made that up," he stated, "I believe it's the truth. I think what it really means to me personally is, that I'm never alone.
"There's no way that anybody goes through life without getting bloodied along the way it's just rough," he continued, "The truth is- in my deepest darkest moments I realize that I'm not alone."
McGinley then shared his thoughts about those who do not believe and have to live life without faith.
"I feel bad for people who aren't of faith because they don't have that blanket of faith of comfort," he concluded, "When I'm going out on stage I always say a prayer before I go out, whatever it is, before I go out on a plane, there's always this connection God knows, I know and that's all I need and that works for me."
The 'God's Not Dead' writing team of Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon, wrote 'Do You Believe?', which was produced by Michael Scott, David A.R. White, Russell Wolfe, and Elizabeth Travis.
Be sure to support the film in theaters now and watch the trailer below: