With your pick of the liter, why did you pick ‘Breakthrough’ as your next picture?
It picked me. I didn’t pick it. I was promoting another film that I produced and while I was promoting that film, I met the family that ‘Breakthrough’ is based on and was completely blown away by their story. The moment I heard it, I knew that God was calling me to tell it.
Did you have anything to do with casting?
Absolutely. Chrissy Metz was the first piece of the puzzle and was told basically if you don’t get her, you don’t have much of a chance doing the movie. So that was the beginning of the process.
DeVon, what do you want audiences to walk away with when they see ‘Breakthrough’?
Hope. I want them to walk away with inspiration. I want them to know that all things are possible to those that believe; feel they are not alone, and there’s a plan for their lives.
Do you ever make any decisions when it comes to your wife’s [Megan Good] career, and vice versa?
Oh yeah. We confer on everything that we do. It’s really great that we can have that kind of relationship where we can talk, and get advice from one another in order to help each other make the best decisions and decide which projects we should do, or pass on. She’ll give me notes on things and I’ll give her notes. Now the funny thing is she doesn’t always take my notes and I don’t always take her notes [laughs].
My book, “The Truth About Men,” is what men and women need to know is out and sold over 40,000 copies. I’m really excited about it.
Based on true events, “Breakthrough” tells the story of Joyce Smith (Chrissy Metz) son’s death. After being under water for 15 minutes, John Smith (Marcel Ruiz) is revived because Joyce refuses to give up praying.“Breakthrough” opens in theaters April 17.
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