Ray Comfort’s Audacity: A Review and Discussion with the Film’s Star Travis Owens

Evangelist Ray Comfort has released a film called Audacity with the goal of convincing gay and lesbian viewers to renounce homosexuality. Jessica and I watched the film (so you don’t have to) and we give you the play-by-play along with commentary. So there’s your spoiler alert!

After that, beginning at the 34:44 mark, we have an *exclusive* interview with the film’s star Travis Owens. He plays Peter, a very devout Christian who wants to spread the Good Word, but sometimes hesitates because it might be awkward. Because he hesitates, bad things happen — especially to gays and lesbians who didn’t accept Jesus into their lives.

In real life, Travis is actually very supportive of LGBT rights, which makes his appearance in this film both questionable and fascinating.

We spoke with him about what it’s like to work with Ray Comfort, whether he’s received more feedback from LGBT viewers or Christians, and why he took on a role that contradicted his personal beliefs.

Notes:

You can read Camille Beredjick‘s review of the film right here.

Also, Ray Comfort spoke with us about the pro-LGBT beliefs of his film’s two stars and whether that mattered to him.

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2 Comments

  • Reply Tony July 12, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    I get it. You’re an actor. Taking a job that will challenge you will be awesome.
    However, Ray has made his empire (such as it is) on calling LGBT deranged, damaged, sick, mentally ill, perverted and vile.
    Every dead gay kid who committed suicide because he was at war with the demons inside himself due to the “teachings” of people like Kirk Cameron, Ray Comfort and their cohorts should somehow feel better, because you were willing to take on a role that was “Challenging?” Sorry…. don’t buy it.
    As for the “people play Hitler, but don’t ascribe to the Nazi belief system” argument…. give me a break. No actor worth a damn would act in a movie that posts the Nazi regime in a positive light or paints Hitler as anything other than a genocidal lunatic. So THAT argument can just stop.
    I’m glad they are both supportive of the LGBT community… I’m just sorry they had to take a role in a movie that is damaging to the LGBT community, in ROLES that vilify the LGBT community in order to get the recognition as actors that they crave.

  • Reply Peter Rowney July 12, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    I commend Travis for appearing on the podcast, and the crew for being respectful to him.

    I am however disappointed that some important questions weren’t asked and the question of an actor’s moral responsibilities were dismissed without more in-depth debate.

    I am sure that Travis’ gay family and friends, who originally supported his taking the role, no longer feel the same way, now that the true nature of the film has become obvious.

    There’s a big difference between playing Hitler in a movie that accurately portrays who Hitler was, and a Nazi propaganda film.

    I give Travis and Molly the benefit of the doubt, in that they were probably unaware, even after filming, how the movie would be edited, twisted, re-edited, and mangled beyond recognition.

    Kudos to both of them for publically supporting gay marriage and lgbt rights, but I don’t believe they can ignore the effects of this movie, on their own careers, and on the lives of gay people, as easily as Travis does in this interview.

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