After the phenomenal success of God’s Not Dead (110 million worldwide), which explored the existence of God, Pure Flix will release a follow-up that takes Christianity to another level – the Cross. The movie leaves each viewer with the question, “Do you believe?” And if you do, “What are you going to do about it?”
With an award-winning cast, another appearance by The Newsboys singing “We Believe,” and the largest production budget of Pure Flix to date, “Do You Believe?” will also feature former professional football player Brian “The Boz” Bosworth.
Producer David A.R. White desires to bring people to the cross through this film. He said, “The Cross is critical, relevant and often debated in today’s culture. It has always incited passion, conviction and controversy, and most of all … it changes lives.” This film is written by the same team that wrote “God’s Not Dead,” Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon. Dove has given its family seal of approval for ages 12 and up.
"Do You Believe?" tells the story of a dozen lives that intersect on the streets of Chicago. Ted McGinley, of “The Love Boat” and “The West Wing,” plays the pastor who’s been shaken to the core by the dedication of an old street preacher who carries a large cross and challenges him to act out what he really believes. His response ignites a faith-fueled journey that impacts many.
Golden Globe award winning actress Cybill Shepherd and veteran actor Lee Majors (“Six Million Dollar Man”), portray a couple in his church who are dealing with the loss of their only daughter. Sean Astin (“Lord of the Rings,” “Rudy”) plays a doctor who doesn’t believe in miracles and takes the credit for saving lives. His wife and an attorney, Andrea Logan White (“Mom’s Night Out”), believes those who trust in a cross must pay for it.
Some of the most stirring scenes occur when Brian Bosworth (“The Longest Yard,” “Revelation Road”), who plays a transformed convict, reaches out to a troubled youth and a homeless mom and daughter. Brian Bosworth, also known as “The Boz,” signed the largest rookie contract in National Football League history with the Seattle Seahawks in 1987 at $11 million.
Bosworth reluctantly entered the film business at the insistence of his inner circle that believed he could play football and be a movie star in the off-season. “My advisers created ‘The Boz,’ and that was never who I really was. I felt stuck in a rabbit hole that I couldn’t crawl out of,” he said. After his agent gave him the script for Pure Flix’s "Revelation Road," he wanted to do the role because it spoke to him.
“That was the first script I ever read where I realized that dark, angry and resentful character was exactly who I had become,” said Bosworth. “It made me reflect on this person and what was I going to do about it. All the hidden frustration and anger resonated within me through this character and forced me to look at myself naked. I chose to do it because it spoke to me. That film sparked the flame that changed my life.”
Bosworth’s spiritual journey began on March 3, 2013, when he was saved on a speaking tour with "Revelation Road" in Chickasha, Okla. He finally set aside what had cost him his dream football career – his pride and ego – and let Jesus carry his burdens. “The wall I had made that imprisoned my heart and life came crumbling down,” Bosworth said. “I started a new life and from that moment, life has been nothing but a blessing.”
He admits his newfound faith has enabled him to play the role of Joe – a former convict more concerned with helping others than he is with the fact that he is dying of Leukemia.
Bosworth also revealed that for many years, he took the credit for his successes and blamed the failures on God. He was angry and blamed God when he saw his football career being ripped out from underneath him. “I lived for 30 years and could not forgive myself for looking at the fishbowl and realizing that I was to blame for ruining what I loved so much – my football career.” “We must be willing to look in the mirror and point the finger to ourselves,” he warned. “Our pride is the shield that we hold in front of ourselves that is so powerful and difficult to penetrate.”
Bosworth compared himself to a kid riding a bike with training wheels. When he achieved success and the admiration of many, he took the training wheels off and said, “God, I don’t need you anymore – I’ve got it from here.”
On March 3, 2013, he realized he was forgiven. “God freed me from the guilt of my mistakes and Jesus wiped the mountain away that existed between Him and me.”
Since his conversion, he has a peace that he’s never experienced before, and he’s prayerfully seeking God’s will for the rest of his life one day at a time. The “New Boz” hopes that believers will bring others who are hurting to see this film. Each viewer will identify with one of the characters. For Christians this film will motivate them to match their walk with their talk.
Bosworth desires for this movie to shed light and provide a mirror for all to reflect. He hopes that viewers see that, “everyone matters and everything we do matters, whether selfishly or unselfishly.” Do You Believe? opens in theaters March 20, 2015.
(EDITOR'S NOTE – Ginny Dent Brant is an author, speaker, counselor and soloist. Author of "Finding True Freedom: From the White House to the World." Brant is editor at large for Sonoma Christian Home Magazine.)