A major studio is giving Christian films another chance due to the commitment of a Hollywood titan to God.
Father Stu made its theatrical debut in theaters this Easter. It was an innovative approach: It told the story of a man in trouble who discovered Jesus, warts and all. The movie was full of swearing.
It was Mark Wahlberg’s passion project, and he personally funded it.
Wahlberg said that he had invested millions and even millions of dollars in the film, as well as other costs due to production delays and clearances for music. He also added that some friends who believed in the project also made investments.
Wahlberg stated that he “prayed every single day about getting this movie made.”
However, not everyone is keen to see a film that combines faith with other F-bombs. A PG-13, newly edited version of Father Stu will also be released for Christmas.
Fox News Tuesday interview: Mark announces December 9th’s, Father Stu:
“Given its R-rated nature, many families weren’t comfortable with their children seeing it. They wanted their children to understand the message.” “They wanted them to understand the message.”
Mark hopes to reach young men in a time when toxic masculinity is being denigrated.
“I wanted all young people to see this, but particularly young boys. Because I think…you…hopefully can avoid making a lot of the mistakes that Stu made and going through a lot of the struggles that he did. It’s an honest portrayal of someone who is struggling to find their way and their calling. It’s a way of dealing with hardships and especially living a life that isn’t productive. We want to make sure that kids don’t make the same mistakes we did…certainly not my mistakes. We want to show them how to serve God and be positive, productive members in society and in particular the Church …”.
Mark is not afraid to shout his faith in Christ.
The actor announced in April that he was changing his direction.
“Father Stu is opening a new chapter in my life. Doing things like this (with) substance can help people. I want to make more. I hope that this movie will allow me and many other Hollywood people to create more meaningful content.”
It is possible to connect with meaningful content — see “Jesus Centered Series, The Chosen’ Storms is on its way to #2 at Box Office.” Maybe Sony hopes for a similar success.
To return to Fox, Mark reflected on his blessings, as it was Thanksgiving week.
“I am grateful for my health and that I have the opportunity to be healthy. I feel so lucky and blessed… I wear my pajamas every morning to express my gratitude. That’s what I will do. I hope that this will be reflected in my children and those around me.”
His mission is clear.
“I’m focusing on, and look forward to working with…folks within the faith-based space, creating other opportunities to share wonderful stories that will bring people together. To bring people closer to God.”
We could all benefit from Father Stu’s message:
“This film…has…reminded people…what life is really all about. We want people to remember that we all make mistakes and…that there is always a way out.”
Very well said.