First Trailer For Machine Gun Preacher Has Gerard, God, And Guns

By Eric Eisenberg 2011-08-18 19:32:32discussion comments
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Yesterday we posted the first trailer for Ralph Fiennes' adaptation of William Shakespeare's Coriolanus. In that film Gerard Butler plays Tullus Aufidius, the story's antagonist who helps Coriolanus invade his own city, despite the fact that they are sworn enemies. Today we have another trailer for a Gerard Butler film, and while this character is still a violent individual who carries a weapon, this time he's fighting on the side of good.

The first trailer for Machine Gun Preacher has arrived online. In the film Butler stars as Sam Childers, a former criminal who turns to God and then moves to Sudan to help build an orphanage and fight off the Lord's Resistance Army. Check out the trailer below or in HD over on Apple.



I've spent the last few days wondering about how the film would treat the religious elements of Sam Childers' story, and it seems from this trailer that they aren't shying away from it in the least. In the two-and-a-half minute video we see Butler get baptized and build a cross into an orphanage, but honestly it works in the context of the story and probably follows actual events. There's also a good amount of action in the trailer, leading me to believe that this movie may actually live up to it's awesome title. Machine Gun Preacher is set to premiere next month at the Toronto International Film Festival and will be released on September 23rd.
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