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“Heaven is for Real” Director Randall Wallace

Acclaimed film director, screenwriter and producer Randall Wallace talks about his latest film, “Heaven is for Real.” Read Transcript


RANDALL WALLACE IS SCREEN

WRITER AND PRODUCER FOR "HEAVEN

IS FOR REAL" MOVIE BASED ON BEST

SELLING BOOK IS THE TRUE STORY

OF THE NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE OF

FOUR-YEAR-OLD COLTON BURPO.

OPENS IN THEATRES APRIL 16TH.

PAT: WELCOME TO "THE 700

CLUB" PRODUCER OF THE FILM

CALLED "BRAVE HEART."

HE WAS ABOUT A GUY NAMED

WALLACE.

IS HE A RELATIVE?

I AM ABSOLUTELY CONVINCED HE

IS ONE OF MY ANCESTORS.

[LAUGHTER].

PAT: WHAT GOT YOU INTO THIS

SITUATION OF BURPO SITUATION?

"HEAVEN IS FOR REAL" WENT ON

TO ASK THE FURTHER QUESTION,

EVERYBODY DIES, WHAT THEN?

PAT: YES.

THAT STORY HAS CAPTIVATED

PEOPLE, I MEAN MY GOODNESS, BOOK

HAS BEEN A RUNAWAY TEN MILLION

COPIES.

WHAT DO YOU THINK THIS MOVIE IS

GOING TO DO?

I THINK PEOPLE ARE GOING TO

BE AMAZED.

IT TOUCHES YOUR HEART AND GIVES

YOU AN EXPERIENCE OF HEAVEN.

HERE IS A BOY THAT CAN TELL YOU

THIS IS WHAT MY EXPERIENCE WAS.

THIS IS WHAT HEAVEN FEELS LIKE.

THAT IS WHAT WE WANTED TO GIVE

THE AUDIENCE, EXPERIENCE OF

BEING IN HEAVEN.

ONE OF THE BIGGEST REVELATIONS

FOR ME ABOUT HOW TO APPROACH

THIS, THE LORD'S PRAYER, ON

EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.

PAT: HE SAID HE RAN INTO A

LITTLE GIRL.

SHE WAS JUST A COUPLE OF MONTHS

IN HIS MOTHER'S WOMB.

SHE WAS A TWO-MONTH-OLD FETUS.

CS. LEWIS SAID EVERYONE THAT

GOES TO HEAVEN WILL BE

SURPRISED.

THERE IS NO TIME.

WHAT HAPPENS IN HEAVEN IS IN THE

HANDS OF GOD, IS GOD'S MYSTERY.

IN FACT IT IS INTERESTING, WE

HAD A SCREENING FOR JUST SOME OF

MY FRIENDS IN MALIBU,

CALIFORNIA.

MEL GIBSON CAME.

HE IS A FRIEND OF MINE I LOVE

AND BELIEVE IN.

HE ASKED HIM AFTERWARDS WHAT HIS

EXPERIENCE WAS WITHOUT WANTING

TO SHARE PRIVATE MATTERS.

FIRST OF ALL, YOU SQUEEZED

TEARS OUT OF ME.

HE GREW UP CATHOLIC, I GREW UP

BAPTIST, WE ALL GREW UP

UNDERSTANDING WHAT IS NECESSARY

TO GO TO HEAVEN.

HE SAID THE TRUTH IS GOD MADE

THE RULES, GOD CAN DO ANYTHING

GOD WANTS.

THAT WAS A BEAUTIFUL WAY TO SAY

IT.

PAT: BRAVE HEART WAS A

FANTASTIC MOVIE AND "PASSION."

MEL HAS GONE THROUGH A ROUGH

TIME.

MEL IS A GENIUS, MAN OF

TREMENDOUS HEART.

HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN THERE FOR

EVERYONE ELSE.

HE HAS BEEN THE FIRST ONE TO

REACH OUT AND HELP THEM WITHOUT

ANYONE OF THAT KNOWN OR

CELEBRATED.

I THINK WE ARE GOING TO SEE

GREAT THINGS FROM HIM IN THE

FUTURE.

PAT: I WOULD CERTAINLY HOPE

SO.

I REACHED OUT TO HIM TELLING HIM

WE WERE PRAYING FOR HIM.

HE IS JUST A NICE GUY.

I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT

HAPPENED.

HOW DO YOU GET ALONG IN

HOLLYWOOD?

THERE IS A RATHER SECULAR

CULTURE.

YOU ARE RAISED AT A BAPTIST

WRITING ABOUT HEAVEN, HOW DO YOU

MAKE IT IN THAT ENVIRONMENT?

WHAT JESUS SAID ABOUT THE TWO

GREAT COMMANDMENTS, LOVE GOD AND

LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR IS SO

MEANINGFUL TO ME EVERYWHERE I

GO.

WHAT PEOPLE WORSHIP TELLS YOU

EVERYTHING ABOUT THE DIRECTION

OF THEIR LIVES.

IN PLACES LIKE NEW YORK, MONEY

IS GOD.

IF YOU HAVE MONEY, NO MATTER HOW

YOU GOT IT, PEOPLE TREAT YOU IF

YOU ARE SUCCESSFUL.

IN HOLLYWOOD, IDOLATRY IT IS

ABOUT CELEBRITY, FAME.

BOTH OF THOSE ARE WAYS TO LOSE

YOUR SOUL.

GOD IS GOD.

I TRY TO REMEMBER THAT.

AND MY NEED TO REMEMBER THAT IS

AS GREAT AS ANYONE'S IS.

THE HUNGER FOR THAT ARE TRUTH IS

THERE WITH EVERYBODY.

"HEAVEN IS FOR REAL" CAME ALONG,

THE BOOK WAS AMAZING TO ME

BECAUSE THE BURPO'S, THEIR STORY

WAS JUST SO BELIEVABLE BECAUSE

IT SURPRISED THEM.

SOMEBODY MAKING UP A STORY THEY

ARE TRYING TO CONVINCE SOMEBODY

ELSE OF, THEY HAVE AN AGENDA.

THEY HAD A TALE THAT AMAZED

THEM, WHEN YOUR FOUR YEAR OLD

TELLS YOU WHAT HEAVEN IS LIKE,

THAT WAS EXTREMELY GRIPPING.

PAT: IT WAS WITHOUT QUESTION

AND SUCCESSFUL.

I COMMEND YOU ON THE WORK YOU

HAVE DONE AND PRAY THE LORD

GIVES YOU MANY MORE TIMES OF

TRIUMPH AND BRING MEL GIBSON

BACK INTO THE FOLD.

GOD BLESS YOU.

THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH ME.

THANK YOU.

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