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OFFBEAT: Film actor Gerard Butler at Munster Family Christian Center today for free event

Movie actor Gerard Butler, the popular star of films such as "Law Abiding Citizen," "Bounty Hunter" and "P.S. I Love You" is in Munster today as a guest of The Family Christian Center to promote his new movie "Machine Gun Preacher."

The public is invited to the free event and there are two opportunities to attend his presentations, which are at 5 and 7 p.m.

Butler, 41, first became a household name in 2004 after director Joel Schumacher cast him as the masked lead in the film version of the stage musical "The Phantom of the Opera." Though not usually thought of as a singer, his vocal talents even impressed Andrew Lloyd Webber.

More recently, it's been Butler's fit physique, especially his defined abs, that have earned him attention, especially after showcased in his guise of a gladiator in the 2006 film "300."

But this new project spreads a far more important message of awareness and faith, according to David Jordan Allen of the Family Christian Center, with Butler's soon-to-be-released new film offering a story and a role which even the actor describes as "moving."

The new movie, which he'll be discussing, is called "Machine Gun Preacher" because it is the inspirational true story of Sam Childers, who is played by Butler.

Childers, a former drug-dealing criminal, experienced a life transformation when he found an unexpected calling as the savior to hundreds of kidnapped and orphaned children in Sudan.

The former biker gang member, who is now 49, is the founder of the Angels of East Africa Rescue, an organization that rescues children from starvation, disease and enslavement in territories controlled by the brutal Lord's Resistance Army, a renegade militia that forces the youth generation of the country to become soldiers even before they reach their teens.

Directed by Marc Forster and distributed in the U.S. by Relativity Media, the film is rated R and opens nationwide in select theaters beginning Sept. 23.

Butler, who was born and raised in Scotland in a devout Roman Catholic family, is also a trained lawyer, but decided to explore acting in the mid-1990s after a small role in the James Bond film "Tomorrow Never Dies" in 1997.

For more information, call the Family Christian Center at (219) 922-6500.

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If my hubby can get my kids later and take out the dog I'm going. I would assume that other GALS will be there as well so hopefully I'll run into a few. C U there. :wave:

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aww..he never showed..... but then again he was running around all day...it was great hearing from Sam Childers and the screen writer anyway! I was practically in tears just listening to them TALK about some of the scenes...I definitely am going to need an entire box of Kleenex when I see this movie!

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aww..he never showed..... but then again he was running around all day...it was great hearing from Sam Childers and the screen writer anyway! I was practically in tears just listening to them TALK about some of the scenes...I definitely am going to need an entire box of Kleenex when I see this movie!

I agree on all counts. Bummer that Gerry didn't make it but Sam's and Jason's stories were powerful. For sure a Kleenex movie.

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WOW!! I hope people didn't go just to see Gerard Butler. Were they disappointed if they did. But, if they stayed, they must have heard a great presentation from Sam Childers!!!

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Actor misses church discussion on faith film

MUNSTER | Movie actor Gerard Butler canceled an announced appearance Wednesday night at Family Christian Center in Munster, where he was supposed to discuss his new film.

Butler, 41, the popular star of films such as "Law Abiding Citizen," "300," "Bounty Hunter" and "P.S. I Love You," was promoted by the church as a draw and scheduled to speak at both the 5 and 7 p.m. weekly services.

However, event organizers said the actor was delayed in Chicago with media interviews while promoting his new $30 million film "Machine Gun Preacher."

The event alert sent to media Sunday invited the general public to the free event held the facility's 4,000 seat auditorium.

Rather than hearing Butler, the audience at both services heard from the "real" Sam Childers, the man known as "The Machine Gun Preacher" and who Butler portrays in the film. He was joined by the film's screenwriter Jason Keller, discussing the film and the impact faith has to change "a person's life mission."

Childers, a former drug-dealing criminal, experienced a life transformation when he found an unexpected calling as the savior to hundreds of kidnapped and orphaned children in Sudan.

The former biker gang member, who is now 49, is the founder of the Angels of East Africa Rescue, an organization that rescues children from starvation, disease and enslavement in territories controlled by the Lord's Resistance Army, a renegade militia that forces the youth generation of the country to become soldiers even before they reach their teens.

Directed by Marc Forster and distributed in the U.S. by Relativity Media, the film is rated R and opens nationwide in select theaters, beginning Sept. 23.

David Jordan Allen, director of media relations for the Family Christian Center, said Childers has spoken at the facility in the past and accepted donations for his projects in Africa.

Read more: http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/munster/article_68903d8b-1b03-55cc-8744-a19d656dfe81.html#ixzz1XKC2WfF8

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I'm sure many were disappointed that Gerry wasn't able to attend as planned...I know I would have been! I can imagine it was rewarding to see the real Mr. Childers and hear his story though...can't wait to see this movie!
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