Actor Corbin Bernsen Shares Profound Message Behind New Movie
By Billy Hallowell, Contributing Writer
Actor Corbin Bernsen says faith and forgiveness are the primary themes in his latest movie, LIFE WITH DOG.
“I have an immense belief that, next to love, forgiveness is a powerful, powerful tool, because we are so trespassed in this life,” Bernson said. “[Anger] can destroy you, but if you learn forgiveness, it’s this freeing thing.”
Bernsen warned that allowing hate and anger to fester can destroy someone’s heart.
“If we get seeded in that hate and anger, then we end up kind of like what we’re seeing today — chaos,” he said. “It disturbs me.”
Watch Bernsen’s powerful comments below:
This is the primary issue Bernsen deals with in LIFE WITH DOG, now streaming on PureFlix.com.
The movie centers on main character Joe Bigler, who finds himself struggling after his wife’s death. He’s stuck in grief until he befriends a dog and forms a bond that helps him heal.
Bernsen also told “Pure Talk” about how his upbringing played a major role in his powerful faith journey.
The actor, who starred on L.A. LAW among other TV shows and movies, came from a Hollywood family. His mother, Jeanne Cooper, starred on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS. His dad, Harry Bernsen, was a talent agent and producer.
“I wanted nothing to do with it when I was a teen,” he said of the entertainment industry. “We were just all over the place. I thought I wanted something more stable.”
Bernsen had friends whose parents were lawyers or doctors, so he planned to go into law until his dad offered him the chance at a small movie role. The rest is history.
“Acting was my passion, even when I was trying to shove it down,” Bernsen said.
Bernsen said he must maintain a thick skin in the industry there’s “so much rejection.”
While the rejection frustrated him early in his career, he said he now sees the Lord’s provision through it all.
As for his faith, Bernsen has been on a decade-long journey. The path to Christianity began after his father’s death.
“I was making a film up in Canada, sitting with his ashes,” Bernsen said. “I had a familiarity with faith, with God with Christ and acceptance. I had it in me, but it sort of went away.
“I was sitting there and I was literally looking at ashes and thinking, ‘Wow, all this life and that is that? Is there some missing link I’m not getting here?’”
Bernsen took those questions and turned them into plot devises for his movies, like LIFE WITH DOG.
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