Dog the Bounty Hunter Talks Grief, Trusting God After His Wife’s Death, and New Film “Hunter’s Creed”

Duane “Dog” Chapman in faith-based film, Hunter’s Creed. | Screenshot: YouTube/Cinedigm

Reality TV star Duane Chapman, who is better known as Dog the Bounty Hunter and stars in the upcoming Christian film “Hunter’s Creed,” opened up about his own grief journey and his belief in the power of words.

The new faith-based movie was partly inspired by the commonly asked question “Why does God allow bad things to happen?” The inspirational story, directed by Justin Jackola and written by Ken Miyamoto, is about keeping the faith even in the face of great personal loss.

“After losing his wife, a man reunites with his church buddies to film the hunting show they’ve always wanted to make together. Before long, he senses a dark presence in the woods eventually bringing him face to face with death — and his faith,” the synopsis of “Hunter’s Creed” reads.

Chapman, who knows all too well about the tragedy of losing a spouse, plays himself in the film. Others featured are Wesley Truman Daniel (“Second Samuel”), Mickey O’Sullivan, Ann Sonneville, John Victor Allen, James Errico and LaDios Muhammad.

The Christian Post spoke with Chapman, who talked about his involvement in the film and the power of speaking life, and revealed that unlike the “Hunter’s Creed” lead actor, he never once doubted God.

Christian Post: You play yourself in the film. Did it feel like acting for you or was this just something that came naturally?

Chapman: Well, no, even if you play yourself, you have to act a little bit. If you’ve been through something that reminds you of the character you can associate to what you did, that helps a lot and of course I could do that.

I played myself; sometimes it’s harder to play yourself, I think, than it would be if I played a guy across the street. But I’ve heard a lot of actors say that, “Oh, that reminded me of myself, this and that, or I knew someone that that happened to.” So I think the first thing we do is have an association and then it’s easier to act.