- - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Billed as “Crash” for the Christian crowd, the faith-based film “Do You Believe?” from Pure Flix Entertainment — the company behind last year’s megasuccess “God’s Not Dead,” which cost just $2 million to make but grossed $62 million — offers a cast of big stars and bigger expectations.

“Do You Believe?” focuses on the lives of several seemingly unrelated characters in Chicago who are unexpectedly drawn together through the power of faith. Oscar winner Mira Sorvino stars, along with the legendary Lee Majors, TV funnyman Ted McGinley (in a solid, serious role) and the still-lovely Cybill Shepherd. Sean Astin, Delroy Lindo, rapper turned actor Shwayze and Alexa PenaVega also star.

On the red carpet for the West Coast premiere, Mr. Majors, Miss Shepherd and football great turned actor Brian “The Boz” Bosworth spoke about the film.

Lee Majors

Question: What drew you to the role?

Answer: My wife said, “Get out of the house, honey. Go to work!” [laughs]

I thought “God’s Not Dead” was a good film. Faith-based films can be thought of as being a little bit vanilla and a little slow-moving. This one has good production values and the script moves. You’ve got 12 characters you gotta clip through to get everybody’s story in.

Q: Any trepidation over doing a faith-based film?

A: No. Not at all. I have done two of them already.

Q: You’ve worked with a lot of beautiful female co-stars. How was it working with Cybill Shepherd?

A:Cybill was fun. We did a scene on a bridge [where a] car was teetering off the edge. She would get a little scared and let out a little curse word every now and again. We had a little girl in the back seat, 7 years old. Cybill would say, “Oh, I’m sorry.” The little girl would say, “It’s OK, my mom says that too.” We had fun. That scene was 30 degrees and six nights in a row on a bridge soaking-wet. Glad to be back in LA.

Q: Can everyone relate to this film?

A: I think so. Faith is a big part of most of our lives. I can’t vouch for everybody, but I think if you go and watch the movie, you will see a lot of people in trouble, struggling, striving for things. Everyone can relate to that. The stories all intersect on the streets of Chicago. A lot of it gets resolved.

There is a lesson to be learned — keep the faith, which I did, and things will work out for you.

Q: Hollywood is big on turning classic TV shows into movies. How do you feel about them redoing some of the properties you are famous for?

A: The Weinstein Bros. have announced they are doing the “Six Million Dollar Man,” which will be called the “Six Billion Dollar Man,” with Mark Wahlberg attached. And then “The Fall Guy” will be done by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Q: Will you be involved?

A: They haven’t written the script yet, so who knows?

Cybill Shepherd

Question: What drew you to the film?

Answer: It’s a great part. I was moved by the script. I started to cry four times when I read it for the first time. I haven’t read a script that moving in a long time.

Q: Any trepidation doing a faith-based film?

A: It didn’t matter that it was faith-based. Whether you are a Christian or [practice] any other kind of religion, you need to see a movie that gives you hope. This film, I believe, does.

Q: How was it working with Lee Majors?

A:Lee Majors I have known forever, [and] to get a chance to work with him was a thrill. He knows as much about directing and where the camera is as anybody I’ve ever known. We developed a short way of communicating what the scene is about — didn’t take a lot of words. We were always on the same page. It was a great honor to work with him.

Brian “The Boz” Bosworth

Question: What drew you to the film?

Answer: The opportunity to explore something I had not had the opportunity to explore before. And to give a little bit of hope.

I came at it from a personal perspective: My father passed away from cancer, [and my character in the film has cancer]. I watched him kind of deteriorate physically, mentally, psychologically. It was crushing to watch that happen.

When he passed away, he passed with so much resentment and anger. To watch him take that last breath and not be good with God, not to be good with his journey To me, the journey is a blessed journey anyway, whether you go out before your time [or not]. It doesn’t matter. It is what you do with your time while here and how you affect those around you. I wanted that to be an important part of the role.

Q: Any trepidation doing a faith-based film?

A: Not for me. On March 3, 2013, after doing the film “Revelation Road,” [I became] a born-again Christian. This was just another blessed opportunity to explore. To have enough confidence in my ability to come at the role with a sense of peace and understanding that had I not been a believer, it would have been a struggle for me.

Q: What is harder, acting or football?

A: Oh man, kind of hard to say. They are both kind of similar: There is a quarterback or a director. A “hike!” or an “action!” [and then] a whistle or a “cut!” It is utter chaos when you are playing sports and controlled chaos when you are acting.

In football, it’s really about studying before you got to the play, understanding the formation once it comes out, what are they trying to do. Who are the key players in the game, and what do you have to do to control them to get the win. Very similar in film.I enjoy football a lot more. But that was my gift from God. I enjoy this now. But I don’t let it define me. I think that’s the key.

“Do You Believe?” is in theaters now.


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