Actor talks to Glenn about why God-based movies are thriving

After declaring Noah a $100 million disaster, Glenn has been pleasantly surprised by how well God-centric movies have been faring at the box office. From Son of God to Heaven is for Real to God is not Dead, these films have far exceeded expectations. On Thursday’s Glenn Beck Program, Glenn spoke to actor Kevin Sorbo, the star of God is Not Dead, about why faith based content is making such an impact.

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“People are looking for real hope and real change,” Sorbo said. “Hollywood just thinks it’s New York and L.A. – that’s all that exists. There are a bunch of states in between with a lot of people that have good morals, strong beliefs. They want movies that inspire them, that inspire their kids… And if you look at the history of Hollywood — if you look at the movies with the biggest return — it’s always been family movies, comedies, things like that.”

Sorbo rose to fame as the star of long-running hit series Hercules, which he told Glenn was once the most-watched show in the world. He explained that he is a Christian born and raised, and Glenn pointed out that he is “a guy who’s not afraid to stand up and say, ‘Yeah.’”

“Well, it just gets to a point, you know? The whole thing about freedom of speech is it seems to be something that’s sort of going away in this country. And you know, I don’t mind other people’s points of view. I’m open to debate. I’m open to hearing what people have to say, but… why does the viewpoint coming from conservative Christians in Hollywood have to be cut off? I don’t get it.”

Ultimately, Sorbo believes God is Not Dead, which cost just $2 million to make, is making such a impact because “it’s a movie that engages people.”

  • Anonymous

    Beck is more opportunist than evangelist. The trend in faith based films is at least in part about money with even some budget films making north of $50 million. The more controversial the more money it makes like Passion of the Christ that made more than $800 million. Beck knows how to make money and he’ll hire talented people to do it for him.

  • Krimsen King

    Ok, let’s be honest with our language, shall we… these movies are not ‘God-based’, they are king james version bible based. Not the same thing. In many ways, all films, all art is God-based, religion based, faith based. Expression in these forms often comes from the deepest part of the creative soul, hence ‘God’-based. Now, that’s not to say these movies are not somewhat ‘God-based’… but trying to classify THESE movies as ‘God-based’ is ridiculous, like calling a movie ‘film-based’. Just call them what you know them to be… king james version bible movies ;)
    and yes, Landree, they are ALL about the mass appeal and the money, well done :)

  • Resonantg

    This reminds me so much of the movie “Sullivan’s Travels”. An absolutely brilliant movie that is so underrated showing a movie director in the 30′s who is sick of doing fluffy comedies and wants to do something important, but doesn’t know what it’s like to suffer. He decides to learn this by becoming a hobo, but doesn’t really learn what is important till something unexpected happens. The twist to the movie is shocking, and the ending is very uplifting as Sullivan learns what is real and what matters to real people.

    Glad to see you rebounding Mr. Sorbo after all the trials you’ve gone through!

  • Anonymous

    Glenn says he doesn’t watch R rated movies but yet he talked a ton about how much he loved Lone Survivor. Good interview though. I really like Kevin Sorbo. I was a big fan of Hercules back in the day (still am). Most of his movies are kind of cheesy but they are movies I can watch with my family. They are clean fun. Keep up the good work Sorbo.

  • Rosie Nanette Gagnon

    Hooray for capitalism

  • BaseballGrrl

    King James version? I didn’t hear any Shakespeare style language anywhere in there. Is that really what you meant to say?

  • Anonymous

    Capitalism for Jesus!

  • Krimsen King

    no, I meant the modern translation of the Bible that most people refer to when they talk about ‘God-based’ things. And these kind of movies used to have a lot of that Shakespeare-style language.

  • Deckard426

    The Leftists in Hollywood and government cannot conceive of an entity more powerful than themselves, hence their aversion to religion.

  • http://batman-news.com Mr. Bizy

    So?…

  • http://kohlrak.sytes.net Shane Tyler Yorks

    I’ve heard so much about the movie, but the local theatre didn’t put it up at first. Noah bombed, and look what took it’s place. The movies targets what closet and open Christians alike face daily on facebook, in school, at work, etc. I have yet to see the movie myself, though. I’m curious how it handles certain topics that i’ve seen when dealing with the persecution of my faith around me.

  • Country

    remember the Epic “The Ten Commandments”, “Ben Hur” and “The Robe”. Huge block busters of their day that are still being viewed. Great stories need no apology.

  • Anonymous

    I’d like to point out that the only “proof” that people want “hope and a higher power” is this one actor…..it could also be that people like movies where massive disasters occur……..I mean…look at the popularity of God games where you play the God of a tribe and lead them through expanding and growing as a civilization….does that mean people now want to be Gods? Yeah….no

    I’d also like to point out that his movie “God is not Dead” isn’t making any big impact. I have never heard it advertised anywhere, and it has reviews that place it in the same league as the likes of “Scary Movie 5″ and “Grownups 2″ which are widely considered to be some of the worst movies this decade.

    Here’s some reviews from critics and normal people alike…other than a few outliers they all agree the movie is absolutely horrible

  • Anonymous

    Those movies were also actually …you know….well made….and included stars of the era. This movie is a piece of crap that is extremely preachy and has horrible acting

  • Anonymous

    On June 2, 2010, Glenn Beck opened the second hour of his syndicated radio show with the following discussion of a novel he’d just read on his Kindle: “The other one was written in 1979. Alongside … Morning? Something like that. …It reads exactly like my show. It does! …He takes out these blue notes because hyperinflation has come — his father was right — hyperinflation has come. He’s bartering with the cab driver to be able to get home. He’s bargaining with him — ‘How many blue notes do you have?’ — because money is over. He gets to the apartment and Dad is standing there: ‘Listen. Go get the gold. We gotta get out.’ The son goes and gets the gold that he had hidden in New York, puts it in a belt, starts to come back, and Dad and the family now are gone. Been picked up by the Department of Justice. The Department of Justice has built concentration camps!But it’s good. I don’t agree with everything in it. But it’s a good read and written in 1979! Phenomenal! Phenomenal! … But that’s kind of where America is headed.

    The novel Glenn Beck was talking about is Alongside Night — and it’s now a new movie starring Kevin Sorbo.

    Trailer and full info is on the official movie website http://www.AlongsideNightMovie.com

  • Jonithon R Bankston

    I am a sabbath keeper and keep what meany would call the Old Testament holy days thou I also uphold the New Testament as will as not being a Jew at all, so I know all to well how it fells to be kicked to the side. I glad some in Hollywood are still trying to Make good moves for the people that are still standing whole word of GOD!

  • Anonymous

    There are millions of evangelical christians. If people make movies targeted at evangelical audiences, said evangelicals will probably go watch them. Niche marketing. There’s no great awakening occurring, it’s simply the capitalist process of production and consumption.

  • SickOf BeingCoddled

    I disagree with you on the quality of Beck’s character-”more opportunist than evangelist” how dare you denigrate anyone this way. He definately is Both, but the fact that his success has allowed him to be able to promote goodness and love Should not lead one to conclude that opportunism is his DOMINANT trait. actually in the economy of GOD putting GOD first in his life, Which he has done for the last 14+ years, is a pathway to Prosperity. God wants every one to be Happy and Prosperous- It is up to each of us to find that for ourselves and yours will never be the same as anyone else’s. Just use the GOD factor to enable GOD to bless your every effort.

  • SickOf BeingCoddled

    He definately is Both opportunist and evangelist, but the fact that his success has allowed him to
    be able to promote goodness and love Should not lead one to conclude
    that opportunism is his DOMINANT trait. actually in the economy of GOD
    putting GOD first in his life, Which he has done for the last 14+ years,
    is a pathway to Prosperity. God wants every one to be Happy and
    Prosperous- It is up to each of us to find that for ourselves and yours
    will never be the same as anyone else’s. Just use the GOD factor to
    enable GOD to bless your every effort.

  • Anonymous

    Just a couple quotes from Beck: “It took me a year to start hating the nine eleven victim’s families.””The president hates white people”,

  • Anonymous

    Just a couple quotes from Beck: “It took me a year to start hating the nine eleven victim’s families.””The president hates white people” and a many more. Beck continually and wrongly publicized that a student was the mastermind of the Boston bombings. That irresponsible rant caused death threats to the innocent student for which Beck has been sued. Not saying Beck has never done anything good, but if this is your definition of goodness, love and God first, then I think you’re a bit misguided.

  • Anonymous
  • SickOf BeingCoddled

    link back doesn’t work

  • http://www.stocksdoc.com StocksDoc

    what ?!!? LoL! . . do you even have any clue as to what you are talking about?

  • Krimsen King

    no, of course not… do you?

  • Krimsen King

    you’re not really saying anything here…. are you using the word ‘GOD’ in place of something else? God, as in creator of the universe, has no desires. Desire is a very human thing… He ‘wants’ nothing. That’s why it is up to each of us to find happiness and prosperity. I am awful curious tho… what is ‘the economy of GOD’ and what do you think it means ‘putting GOD first in his life’? What is ‘the GOD factor’? These are odd expressions that don’t really seem to say anything.

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    While the usefulness of goods, services, and natural resources tends to be self-evident, the merit of one’s efforts can only be determined through subjective evaluation by others.

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  • Krimsen King

    also… are you saying glenn beck promotes goodness and love??? I mean, sure, he mouths those words from time to time, but I’ve also seen him say “this President has a deep-seated hatred of white people or white culture… I’m not sure which”… I’m not sure opportunism isn’t his dominant trait, and I’m DEFINITELY not sure he promotes ‘goodness and love’…

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    ———–it’s ALWAYS linked and ALWAYS on the MOVE!
    OUR nativity was in SODOM!
    —————REPENTANCE is the VOMIT of teh SOUL.
    ———————-CAST UP!
    ——————————–CAST UP ALLLLL!”
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    American preacher
    1740

    Forget the ARMINIAN HERESY ‘feel good’ ops
    from ‘MAY SIN’ run HOLLY–wood.

    CAST UP ALLL!

    OUR ENTIRE culture is CAP-stone ‘engineered’!
    ————————-and it’s WEAOPNIZED AGAINST US.

    HURL the mind control TV!

    START PEWKING!