The real-life character Dennis Quaid plays in the new film, I Can Only Imagine, is one you’ll not likely forget. And what makes the role of Arthur Millard an impactful one, isn’t that you’ll remember him for his abuse of his son or his devastating internal unhappiness. You’ll remember Arthur Millard because of his transformation. Quaid plays “Arthur,” Bart’s father, who saw his dreams dashed, and strives to protect his son from similar disappointment . . . even if it means having no dreams at all.
“There’s no excuse for abuse” Dennis Quaid made clear. He acknowledged that he feels his role in the film is very important as it showcases the possibility of hope for a deeply painful and broken relationship between a father and son.
The film brings to life the true story behind the song of ultimate hope, “I Can Only Imagine.” A transformed relationship with his troubled father inspired Bart Millard, the lead singer of the Christian band MercyMe, to write what is now the most-played radio single in Christian music history. The story beautifully illustrates that nobody is ever too far from God’s love — or too far from an eternal home in Heaven.
When asked about how he got to where he is now, Dennis replied “You know, God will give you a path to your hearts desire…that’s what he wants you to have. But go down that path and things are going to get harder before they get easier. That’s usually the way…If you really follow the path that God gave you to get to that place you want to be, there’s trial in it”
Dennis had definitely followed the path he feels he was meant to go. And he’s come full circle and drawn back around to his faith, even finishing a personal song he wrote for his mother.
Reflecting on taking this role, Dennis says “I just thought it was a compelling, universal story,” says Quaid. “I’ve done a lot of father-son stories, and this was di erent in a way because it wasn’t so, should I say… Hollywood? What attracted me to Arthur was that he was a guy who has redemption in the end. But he starts from a very low place.”
‘I Can Only Imagine’ opens Friday, March 16th in theaters everywhere.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever shall believeth in him shall not parish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16