In an interview, Gerard Butler talks about the movie Machine Gun Preacher:
“It’s an incredible story…Basically it’s the story of– this guy is still alive, I just spent time with him in Pennsylvania. His name is Sam Childers. He grew up a thug, a very violent guy. He was a drug dealer. And found god, found a new way. Started his own business…And then ends up down in Sudan, just goes down to stick some roofs on houses down there. He saw some of the most awful atrocities that were happening down there with these guerilla forces that would move in and kidnap the kids, kill the families. So he took it on himself to do something about it. Went back [to the United States], became a preacher in Pennsylvania, raises money and builds an orphanage down there to protect the kids and ends up joining forces with the southern Sudanese People’s Liberation [Movement]…”Picks up a machine gun and is fighting the rebels with guns, grenades, machine guns in order to go and rescue some of these kids. He basically became a warrior and lived both– he’s still a preacher back in Pennsylvania and he’s still a warrior down in [Sudan.]” Quote Gerard Butler.
In short, Gerard Butler plays the role of Sam Childers, who uses violence to fight violence, for a particular cause. The cause is to rescue children from guerilla forces. It is a story about politics and “justice”.
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Gerard Butler Interview on Machine Gun Preacher: