Mike Vogel fought aliens in the television series Under the Dome, comforted his lonely wife in The Help and tangled with Norman Bates in Bates Motel. His latest challenge? Time-traveling back to the early ’80s and stepping into the shoes of noted journalist-turned-apologist Lee Strobel in the big-screen adaptation of The Case for Christ.
Releasing April 7 from Pure Flix Entertainment, the film centers on Lee’s personal crusade against Christianity after his wife, Leslie (Erika Christensen), converts, putting their otherwise-happy atheist home in disarray.
Vogel, a believer who counts Strobel among his greatest spiritual influences, capably captures a man torn between his love for his wife and his mind trying to make sense of it all.
Earlier, someone was talking about how it was a random encounter at a church how someone came to you that got you connected with this film in North Carolina.
I guess when we were doing Under the Dome, apparently I ran into Karl (Hortsman’s) daughter there one day. We were going to a church up in Wilmington called PC3, and we miss it. It was great. Atlanta natives, they all came from Northpointe and started the church in Wilmington while we were doing Under the Dome. Almost the whole cast was going, and it was really neat.
Since you met Lee, what do you see in him that you were able to bring to this character?
The toughest thing has been the accent. That’s going to be an imperfect science. Literally from the time I got the film to the time I started shooting was four days. Fortunately, the cool thing for me is Lee has been one of those guys, when you think of the guys of the pillars of the faith that you want to meet, he’s one of them. I think just getting the opportunity to take on his story, to have his blessing and his guidance in it. It’s a very tough thing when you do a film about your life to open that up and trust someone with it. But I said to him, I don’t want to make this a squeaky-clean thing, because it wasn’t squeaky-clean. It never is squeaky- clean. It’s a tough thing to be confronted with your demons sometimes when you see them come to life again, but the payoff in the end is more than worth it.
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SOURCE: Charisma News