Star of ‘Hercules’ Brings Story of Strength to HLGU
Kevin Sorbo says being a Christian conservative actor hasn’t landed him any bonus points in Hollywood.
Sorbo signed copies of his autobiography True Strength Friday evening, before delivering the keynote address at Hannibal-LaGrange University’s Booster Banquet.
One of the themes Sorbo brings to HLGU is his belief in faith-based education, not only at the college level, but beginning in the pre-school years.
Sorbo is best known for his starring role in the television series Hercules and also played Captain Dylan Hunt in the sci-fi series Andromeda. He also co-starred in the movie God’s Not Dead, in which he plays an atheist college professor who requires his students to abandon their spiritual beliefs.
The increasing popularity of faith-based films is partly due to improvements in technology, Sorbo says. He said production quality is now comparable to Hollywood studios. Another reason is Hollywood producers are slowly waking up to the large demand for quality family programming. He noted the past success of shows such as Touched by An Angel and Highway to Heaven.
Sorbo says he has turned down a number of acting roles that compromised his Christian values. One role he rejected was a horror movie involving the torture of a 13-year-old girl. Much of the today’s entertainment pushes agendas he will not let his own children view.
The actor and author just finished a biblical movie shot in Canada called Joseph and Mary. Sorbo plays Joseph, whom he calls the “step-father” of God’s son. Delving into the character of Joseph was intriguing due to the fact that most of the attention is usually focused on Mary and Jesus.
Sorbo is looking to tackle some future projects from the director’s chair. One is a faith-based TV pilot called Miracle Man that he hopes will be picked up by NBC. Another is the true story of a man who introduced football in the Philippines called 100 Yards. Normal Like Me is another film he is contemplating, dealing with the subject of autism.