David White has been around Christian movies for a while now, from “The Crossing,” “The Harvest,” “The Moment After,” & “Mercy Streets.” His passion & talent truly lies with film-making and acting. Here are some highlights from a recent interview with the star.
Q: What is different about “Mercy Streets”?
David: For me, “Mercy Streets” is an awesome story because it parallels the lives of twin brothers. The twins are orphaned early in life when their parents are killed. They only have each other—in perhaps the closest relationship one could ever have. And then this one event comes in and separates them, which happens in relationships all the time. They then grow up on completely different sides of the spectrum—one brother on the bad side of town, the other training to be a priest. And then another event mends the relationship. And so you have these two completely different people, but they need the same thing. It’s every man’s common need for mercy, versus the justice that we deserve. They both need God for different reasons in their lives.
Q: Why was it so important to you?
David: One of the best things about “Mercy Streets” is working with my friends. One of my closest friends has written and is directing “Mercy Streets.” Another buddy is producing it. We are all together, working our hearts out for 16 hours a day. The overall joy is in seeing our dream come true.
Q: Why do we need more Christian films?
David: I think we need films about hope and redemption that encourage people. The world can be a dismal place, with all the stuff that goes on in our fallen world each day. People go to the theater to escape and be entertained. Why be entertained with something that is impure and unholy—that ultimately destroys your soul even more? And leaves you more disparate? “Mercy Streets” uplifts the soul.
Q: What is the message behind “Mercy Streets”?
David: No matter what side of the street you’re on—whether you’re rich or poor—you still need God’s mercy.