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How Making a Movie Reignited Actor Corbin Bernsen’s Faith

How Making a Movie Reignited Actor Corbin Bernsen’s Faith

By Movieguide® Contributor  

Actor Corbin Bernsen revealed in a new docu-series how making a movie reignited his faith journey. 

After his father passed away 15 years ago, Bernsen became “keenly aware of ‘I’m next. I’m on deck.’”

He continued, “You’re sitting with a bag of ashes and you go…‘Where’s the guy who is the little league coach?’”

In response, he wrote and starred in his 2010 movie RUST. 

“It was my first faith-based movie,” Bernsen reflected. “So many miracles and wonderful things happened. It’s just God became so evident…to me.”

“Along the way we made the film, and you can only describe it as miracle after miracle happening,” he added. “I had the wisdom, insight, the guidance to film the entire thing.”

“The movie started my journey of faith, and we hope it becomes sort of a pilot for like ‘Let’s talk to other people who have faith.’”

Since then, Bernsen has continued to see God’s guidance in his life. 

“One of the things I feel that God has chosen me to do is to relate to people who don’t necessarily want to come to faith,” he shared.

He recognizes they might not want to come to Christ because of “stigma.” 

“Things have been put out in the media and certain people who pretend to be people of faith and of God and do awful things,” he said. 

Through his faith journey, Bernsen has learned that “God does not want you to know it all.”

“God wants you to keep learning and getting closer and closer and closer,” he concluded. “You know you can never know it all. There’s only one being that can know it all, and it’s not me.”

Movieguide® previously reported on Bernsen and his faith: 

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.

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“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.”

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.

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“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.

WATCH: Stream Corbin Bernsen’s ‘Life With Dog’ Right Now on PureFlix.com

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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Our small team works tirelessly to provide resources to protect families from harmful media, reviewing 415 movies/shows and writing 3,626 uplifting articles this year. We believe that the gospel can transform entertainment. That’s why we emphasize positive and faith-filled articles and entertainment news, and release hundreds of Christian movie reviews to the public, for free. No paywalls, just trusted, biblically sound content to bless you and your family. Online, Movieguide is the closest thing to a biblical entertainment expert at your fingertips. As a reader-funded operation, we welcome any and all contributions – so if you can, please give something. It won’t take more than 52 seconds (we timed it for you). Thank you.

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