Kirk Cameron Talks About New Movie Unstoppable
- Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Was there a specific life event which spurred you to make this movie, or was it a general question you’ve wondered about for a while?
KC: This film Unstoppable is definitely the most personal project I’ve ever made, and the most transparent regarding my faith. My wife and I have been volunteering at a camp we started about 23 years ago called Camp Firefly. This is a camp for terminally and seriously ill children and their families. And we’ve met hundreds of families and brought them to camp and gotten to know them, and many of them have passed away. Though we praise God in the midst of this, it really kicked off my desire to find a better answer to this age old question. Why does God let bad things happen to good people? Because it’s something that I’ve wrestled with, and I’ve exposed some of my doubts, and fears, and questions about my own faith. Because I think a lot of people can resonate with those things.
I came out the other end with something that should have destroyed my faith making my faith stronger. And I’m hoping that Christians and people of faith all over the world, including atheists and agnostics, who deny the existence of God or pretend that there is no God, will see the light maybe differently through this film Unstoppable.
What kind of people did you talk to and meet with when you were filming this journey? Did you have any specific theologians that you spoke to or read?
KC: Well, there’s no end to ancients and sages and people who can wax eloquent on these kinds of subjects. But I figured that, while there are so many different opinions in the world about an enormous question like the problem of evil, I figured that the one I really wanted to hear from, was - I wanted to hear the voice of God. God himself. And God wrote a book called the Bible. And so, that was my source for answering the questions on the character and nature of God. Surely if I’m going to find the answer, if there is one that exists, I’ll find it in this book.
And one of the things that I’ve learned from friends of mine and through the last film process that I went through on Monumental, is that, if you don’t have an understanding of history, and all you do is see your life for the 80 years that you’re living it, you don’t understand the context of the world that you live in. You don’t understand what happened in the story before you showed up. You don’t really understand why you’re here or where you’re going, and you don’t understand what’s going to happen after you’re gone. And so, having a broad historical perspective on the question of tragedy and suffering really, really helps me to be able to offer something helpful to other people.
Tell us who should watch this movie, and what you want them to take away from it.
KC: if you’re ever asked the questions: Where is this God of love and power? Where is the God that I need most when I’m in the middle of my tragedy and my pain? How do I make sense of what’s happening in my life? This is not what I planned. If I were God, this isn’t the way I would have things roll out... If you’ve ever said things like that, come see Unstoppable.
Because I’ve asked those same questions. And I believe that some things will always remain a mystery, but that it’s not wrong to ask the question why? In fact, the whole book of Habakkuk begins that way. Why God? Why do the heathen rage? Why does it seem like the wicked ones prosper, and the good ones perish? When we ask that question it sends us on a treasure hunt. And I believe that I’ve got ahold of this treasure – the answer to the question. And I want to hold it up in broad daylight for you to see it and show you that all things do work together for those who love God, and are called according to his purpose.
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