Machine Gun Preacher - SideReel Review & Interview with stars Gerard Butler & Michelle Monaghan, by Yael Tygiel

Machine Gun Preacher , starring Gerard Butler (300,The Bounty Hunter) & Michelle Monaghan (Source Code, Eagle Eye), is the story of real life drug addict turned missionary, Sam Childers. 

SideReel sat down with the film's stars to discuss the story behind and the making of this film.

On the Film's Title, Machine Gun Preacher

GB: "I think it's very catchy, but it allows the movie to reveal the far deeper, complex story,  at the same time it is a crazy-ass movie, [Sam Childers] is a crazy-ass guy!"

On Researching for the Film

GB: "I did an awful lot of research, I watched documentaries about Sudan, movies about bikers, documentaries about preachers — I even watched Robert Duvall’s incredible portrayal in The Apostle."

On Meeting the Real Sam & Lynn Childers

MM: "I knew [meeting them] was going to enhance my performance. There was more to her than I was reading. Spending time with them made me realize that she was a quiet giant. She has a lot of faith and it helped her endure a lot throughout the years."

Machine Gun Preacher , rated R, opens in SF on September 30th.


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