Dennis Quaid stars in I Can Only Imagine, a feature which delves into the genesis of the MercyMe’s inspiring hit song. Quaid plays Arthur Millard, the abusive father of MercyMe lead singer Bart Millard and inspiration behind “I Can Only Imagine.”
Quaid had a very straightforward way in dealing with the film’s tougher scenes. “In between takes I’d drop it like a hot potato and go into my trailer and watch whatever (was on) the satellite TV,” said Quaid. “Just drop it, and then go back to it. What we were going for was the truth. Bart was there on the set and we wanted to make it real for him more than anything.”
Click on the media bar below to hear Dennis Quaid talk about the “spiritual awakening” of Arthur Millard and how that affected his relationship with his son.
I Can Only Imagine, co-starring Madeline Carroll, opens nationwide March 16.