Once you finish wiping away tears after watching I Still Believe you may be curious how the real Jeremy Camp feels about the movie, and specifically about Riverdale star K.J. Apa playing him in the true story of his life.
It's OK if you don't know anything about Jeremy Camp going into the movie, but -- if you want to know -- I Still Believe is based on the true story of the singer's all-too-brief romance with first wife Melissa Lynn Henning-Camp. Tragically, Melissa was diagnosed with ovarian cancer shortly before she and Jeremy Camp were married in October 2000. She died in February 2001, just a few months into their marriage. "I Still Believe" was the first song the Christian music singer wrote after her death.
Twenty years later, Jeremy Camp has remarried and has children, but the emotions were still raw for him watching I Still Believe. He told CinemaBlend’s Jeff McCobb what it was like to watch KJ Apa playing him on screen opposite Britt Robertson as Melissa:
Yes, Jeremy Camp was thrilled with KJ Apa and Britt Roberson, which is a good thing since he didn't have a say in the casting, as he told TooFab:
You can imagine emotions would be strong for a movie like I Still Believe. When Jeremy Camp was asked if watching the film was difficult or cathartic, he admitted to TooFab it was so difficult it left him weeping:
OK now I'm going to cry just reading about him crying watching his life story on screen! This is a love-fest. Speaking of love, fans seem to love I Still Believe. The movie has an A CinemaScore from select moviegoers polled on opening night. It also has a 98% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes (vs. 40% from critics).
And I Still Believe looks like it's going to put up a fight at the box office opposite Vin Diesel's Bloodshot. Both movies opened March 13 and Box Office Mojo predicted on Saturday that I Still Believe would edge out the superhero movie. How's that for a miracle? Stay tuned for the final numbers in our box office roundup tomorrow (Sunday, March 15).
Watch CinemaBlend's video below for more interviews with Britt Robertson; KJ Apa; Jeremy Camp; and the Erwin Brothers, who directed the movie:
Are you planning to see In Still Believe in theaters this weekend, or later? Many movie theaters have reacted to the coronavirus with some policy changes that still allow for fans to safely enjoy heading out to the movies.
Gina grew up in Massachusetts and California in her own version of The Parent Trap. She went to three different middle schools, four high schools, and three universities -- including half a year in Perth, Western Australia. She currently lives in a small town in Maine, the kind Stephen King regularly sets terrible things in, so this may be the last you hear from her.
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