Our special guest is Stephen Johnson, the executive producer of the new Christian film by Pure Flix Entertainment called Same Kind of Different As Me starring Renée Zellweger, Djimon Hounsou, Olivia Holt, Jon Voight and Greg Kinnear. Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together, published June 2006, is a book co-written by Ron Hall and Denver Moore, with Lynn Vincent, telling about Hall’s and Moore’s intersecting life journeys. It is published by Thomas Nelson. Moore grew up as a sharecropper on a plantation in Red River Parish, Louisiana. He lived through years of hardship and homelessness, but changed both his and others’ lives after meeting Hall, who was volunteering in a meals program.
Ron Hall and Denver Moore became best friends through Ron’s wife, Deborah. When she was dying of cancer Denver helped Deborah carry on the ministry she had started. The story goes into the developing personal friendship between two men of different upbringing, and the struggle that is required to make and maintain such a friendship across a wide cultural canyon. The book was #11 on the January 9th, 2009 New York Times Best Seller list for paperback non-fiction. It has shipped a total of at least 300,000 copies. In 2014 the Paramount Pictures announced a film adaptation.The cast consists of Renée Zellweger, Djimon Hounsou, Olivia Holt, Jon Voight and Greg Kinnear. Paramount pushed its release from April 29, 2016 to February 2, 2017 before dropping the film. Pure Flix Entertainment, a Christian faith film and TV distributor picked up the film announcing an October 20, 2017 release.