Hollywood Hunk Says This One Thing Saved Him from Certain Death!
CBN.com HERCULES VS THE REAL GOD
Kevin is best known for his lead role in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. He played the muscle-bound, demi-god in the hit TV series that ran for 6 seasons which became of the highest rated syndicated TV shows in the world. He played in Kull the Conquerer and starred in the TV series, Andromeda. He also played in Soul Surfer, the faith-based movie about teenage surfer Bethany Hamilton who lost her arm to a shark attack when she was 13. Most recently, Kevin played an atheist professor in the hit movie, God’s Not Dead. “I was drawn to the part,” says Kevin. “It’s a huge battle cry and I loved the part. It was easy for me to play the atheist because it came from me watching athesits on TV. They’re always so angry.”
The movie, which released in the box office in March 2014, did so well the first weekend that the movie went up in screens for 2 more weeks. With a $2 million budget, the movie made over $62 million. He says with today’s technology, low budget does not mean low production quality. “Pureflix (the production company) got ahold of every pastor and priest in the nation and asked for their thoughts on it,” says Kevin. He doesn’t argue though that many people want more faith-based, family-oriented movies. “The best way to get more family-oriented, faith-based movies is to support them at the box office,” says Kevin. That, he believes, is the best way to get Hollywood’s attention.
God’s Not Dead is being released on DVD this month.
Kevin grew up in a Christian home in Minnesota. When he was 13, he attended a Billy Graham crusade and responded to the altar call. “It was a very happy emotional night for me,” says Kevin. “And I always remembered it.” In college, Kevin majored in business but secretly wanted to be an actor. So he dropped out of the university and started his acting career in the late 80s. Eventually he moved to Hollywood. He was turned down for the lead in 2 TV series but landed his huge break-out role as Hercules. While filming in 1997, he met Sam Jenkins, the leading lady. In their first scene, she made Kevin so nervous that he couldn’t remember his lines. Soon they started dating and later married.
While promoting his first motion picture, Kevin started getting pains in his shoulder. Doctors thought he had a pinched nerve. After a visit to the chiropractor, Kevin felt a voice say, Don’t let him crack your neck. After the doctor made his adjustment, Kevin’s vision went haywire. After a few days, Kevin’s condition worsened. His sight began to fail and his speech was slurred. He was admitted into the hospital where doctors found an aneurysm in his left arm. His left side clavicle had opened up and now thousands of clots were in his arm. He had also had 3 strokes! “They thought they might have to amputate,” says Kevin. He broke down and cried asking God to help him through this. Soon Kevin learned to walk again. His speech and vision improved and as he healed, Kevin’s faith grew more. “Faith isn’t tangible,” says Kevin. It’s something that’s a belief, something that’s inside of you. And I needed hope and faith to keep pushing myself past every single day of what I was going through. My true strength comes from God and certainly from my family right after that. They’re the most important things in my life.”