Ted McGinley is Happy to be in Upcoming Christian Movie Filmed in West Michigan

Written by Edwin L. Carpenter on . Posted in Local

tedActor Ted McGinley was formerly a regular cast member some years ago on Happy Days, and he now has made several Christian films. One of the films which he was reluctant to make was Redeemed, and it's a film in which he portrayed a man tempted to have an affair. Ted feared that the subject matter would not play well with viewers, especially the ladies. "It's a great movie," he thought, but "who's going to watch it?" Yet he loved the story and working with David A.R. White. White is a producer and actor that has made several Christian films. Ted's first Pure Flix movie, the same Christian film company that made God's Not Dead, was Christmas with a Capital C which he enthusiastically says he loved making. He recently worked in Manistee on Do You Believe? He was happy to talk about the experience of making the film, which currently is due to be released this coming March.

Ted embraced the script once he had read it. He was impressed with the cast too. "I said, 'Okay, you know, Brian Bosworth is in the movie, playing opposite Mira Sorvino, who's got an Oscar.' He added that he had grown up watching Lee Majors, also in the cast, as is Cybil Shepherd who, according to Ted, is a larger than life person that "carries a big stick" and had them all laughing. And Sean Astin is a part of it too, and he has "great energy" said Ted, and is a "veteran" of acting experience and "just a great guy."

Ted loved the ensemble and had not worked with them before. He loved too how the ending is interwoven, bringing several stories together in a climactic scene filmed on the bridge in Manistee. Ted joked that Sean had already gotten in to Manistee, filmed his scenes, and then left by the time he arrived. "All the big stars hit it that way. They get in, they get out, the rest of us suffer," he laughed. Ted added one of the challenges of the film was working and filming at night. He also played golf in the cold for the first time. But he is very pleased with the outcome.

Ted's role in the film involves his character and his wife not being able to have a child. This parallels closely to a plot about a couple (played by Lee Majors and Cybil Shepherd). They lost a child but show interest in a young girl, a girl that needs a loving home. Ted is also a pastor in the film and a certain character makes him uncomfortable in the movie, because he makes him think about what it really means to "believe" as a Christian. He drives by a young teen girl searching for food in the trash and he can't forget about it and has to drive back.

The film indeed sounds intriguing, dealing with a humble man with addictions in his past helping in the church, the couples wanting children, an attorney suing a paramedic for handing a cross to a dying man, and a few other scenarios as well. Yet they all come together by movie's end. "It was just an amazing experience," said Ted.

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Edwin L. Carpenter
Edwin L. Carpenter is a pastor and long-time film reviewer for Dove.org He has a bachelors degree in Writing from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Mich. He was raised in Brighton, Mich., by Christian grandparents and has a twin brother, Bill, who is also an ordained minister. Ed and his wife Jackie have one child, Daniel, who is newly married to Kristen and loves sports.

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