Franklin Graham has criticized the new feature film about his famous Charlotte-born father, saying "Billy: The Early Years" includes a few scenes that never happened in real life and others that are "greatly embellished."
"My father's life has been documented in many ways and I have always appreciated those who painstakingly sought to tell his story accurately," Franklin Graham said in a statement posted Monday on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Web site, www.billygraham.org.
The younger Graham, CEO of the Charlotte-based group, also made it clear that he and the BGEA neither collaborated with the filmmakers nor endorsed their movie – due in theaters Oct. 10.
His spokesman, Mark DeMoss, said Tuesday that Graham put out the statement not to hurt the film – "he doesn't care if people see it." Rather, he worried that some pastors who have agreed to host preview screenings in their churches were under the mistaken impression that the movie was somehow authorized by the BGEA.
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