My Church family attended opening night of “God’s Not Dead,” and I can honestly say it’s one of my favorite movies of all time. I posted a blog about the film, a synopsis and some personal thoughts, but then I decided to contact some of the actors/actresses and see if they’d agree to an email interview for my blog. The first to graciously accept was Paul Kwo, who played “Martin Yip” in the movie. For those familiar with the movie, he played the foreign student and the first to stand and proclaim,
“God’s Not Dead.”
The following is the interview I conducted with Mr. Kwo.
When did you become a Christian?
I came to know Christ early in life. I grew up in a Christian home. My Dad is a Pastor. Both my parents are Christians. My grandparents are also Christian. I know at least one of my great grandmothers was a Christian. I don’t know about the others.
How did you come to play a part in “God’s Not Dead?”
I mainly auditioned. I got cast in it through Billy Damota Casting. That’s pretty much it. There wasn’t anything special that I did…just a simple audition. I actually auditioned with Jesse who plays my father.
Is this your first experience with acting? If not, what other roles have you played?
I’ve done other roles. I have done co-star spots for Scrubs and Knight Rider (the new one that only lasted one season). I also do a lot of ADR work for big blockbuster movies and TV shows. Last year, I worked on Pacific Rim, Thor: The Dark World, Disney’s The Lone Ranger, Gangster Squad, Blacklist and many others.
How did you enjoy working with Shane Harper and Kevin Sorbo?
I loved working with them both. They are both serious actors who take the craft with weight. The whole cast was just great. Everyone really wanted to make the acting in the film high in quality. We definitely didn’t want your typical badly acted Christian film. I also got to hang out with Shane a lot because we had a similar shooting schedule. He was a lot of fun to be around.
Do you hope to play other parts in future productions? Is there anything currently in the works?
I’m definitely down for other parts in future productions. I don’t know what the latest is on the future and if there’s anything planned for me. Maybe you can convince Pure Flix to keep me around.
Are you surprised by the support for the film on its opening weekend?
I’m not surprised by the support. But to see the film exceed all our expectations in the box office was amazing.
What is your favorite Christian based film?
I like Passion of the Christ and the Narnia series. I just like well-made movies. But there are some foreign small budget Christian films from Hong Kong that I like.
How do you hope “God’s Not Dead” ministers to people?
I think the most important thing God’s Not Dead can do is to get people to start talking. For some, it may directly convert, for others it may not. But I think the most important thing for us as human beings is to allow ourselves to engage in this conversation. That’s the most important thing. If we stop the discussion and close the book, then there’s a problem. We should over and over re-examine our lives and our Universe and make that determination for ourselves whether we believe God is dead or alive.
Thanks for inviting me to an interview.
I appreciate the opportunity to host this interview with Paul Kwo and hope to post other interviews in the days to come. And remember,
“God’s Not Dead!”
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