'Courageous' Producers Seek to Inspire Fathers

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ATLANTA -- "Courageous," a new major motion picture from the Sherwood Baptist Church, opened in theaters across the country Friday.

The film tackles the theme of fatherhood and what it means to be a real man in today's world.

The stars of the movie showed up in Atlanta for the red carpet premiere of the film. Thousands of people lined up outside the famous Fox Theater to be among the first to see the film including, Miss America 2008 Kirsten Haglund.

"I love Courageous," she told CBN News. "That's why I'm so excited for the good work that these films are going to do throughout the country and encourage families to stay strong and stay together."

"Those are the values that have held this country together," she added. "And they're the ones that bring us closer to Christ."

Alex Kendrick, the co-writer and director of the movie, also stars as one of the police officers. His character excels at his job but struggles to connect with his teenage son at home.

"We hope to communicate to dads that when you look at your children, they're different. What makes them feel loved? Is it quality time? Is it a gift? Is it verbal affirmation?" he said. 

"For me to learn how each of my six children feel loved, then I make sure I hone in on that because if I can capture their heart, they'll listen to me," he said.

Kendrick's brother Stephen, co-writer and producer of the action-packed police drama, said Courageous has the potential to change lives for generations to come.

"We want men to be inspired," he said. 

"There's that closing speech, that Gladiator, kind of Braveheart kind of speech and men feel that call," he explained. "They want to grab a hold of the steering wheel and say, 'I want to be strong and courageous for my family' and that's what we want to happen,"

Actor Kevin Downes plays a police officer who struggles to make the right decisions. He said the movie is a roller coaster of emotion that will provoke you to action.

"Watching this film will inspire you to go home and either love on your children or call your dad and say, 'Dad, I love you so much. Thank you for all that you've done to bring me into this world. How bout we just go fishing or hang out?'" he said.

Although the movie does focus on fatherhood, actress Eleanor Brown saidit's a movie for everyone to see.

"It takes courage, not only to be a father, but to be a supportive wife. Even for young people, they're going to come to the film and say, 'I want my dad to be like that. I want to have a relationship with my dad,'" she said.

--Published Sept. 30, 2011. 

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