Minnesota businessman and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell is trying his hand at Hollywood after investing $1 million in a new movie that offers a critical look at Planned Parenthood.
The movie, titled Unplanned, had to be filmed in secret due to the sensitive nature of its subject, The Hollywood Reporter reveals, but that hasn’t stopped Lindell from speaking about his role in the film.
“I don’t get into things for the money; I get into them if the message is right,” Lindell told The Hollywood Reporter, which notes that Lindell previously backed a Christian movie called Church People.
Lindell’s investment in Unplanned amounts to one-sixth of the film’s whole production budget, and was made by the creators of such films as God’s Not Dead and I Can Only Imagine, which both grossed more than $60 million at the box office.
The film is based on a book of the same title, and tells the true story of Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic director and spokesperson who went on to become one of the nation’s most outspoken critics of abortion.
“I’m pro-life and I’m happy to do it,” said Lindell, who makes a cameo in the movie set to be released in the spring of 2019.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lindell plans to continue his involvement in the movie industry, and will help fund a movie based on his forthcoming book, What are the Odds? From Crack Addict to CEO.
Lindell’s multi-million dollar business kept him mostly out of politics until the rise of President Donald Trump, whom Lindell has met with and appeared at several campaign rallies with.
“When I met him, I go: ‘Wow, there’s nobody on this planet I’d rather have be my president than Donald Trump,’” Lindell previously told The Minnesota Sun. The MyPillow executive has since become increasingly involved in politics, backing several Republican candidates in his home state of Minnesota during the midterms.
But Lindell, a former crack addict who plans to launch a recovery network for addicts, said that he always puts his “Christian values first.”
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