(CBN News)—”Duck Dynasty” stars Willie and Korie Robertson discussed the real-life story behind the movie “The Blind,” a deeply personal journey surrounding Willie’s parents, Phil and Miss Kay Robertson. The movie stunned Hollywood observers over the weekend, opening in the top five at the box office despite being shown in a lower number of theaters than some competitors.
Long before their A&E glory days, the Robertsons struggled in their marriage, with Phil finding himself lost, aloof, disconnected from his wife and children, womanizing, and dependent on alcohol. Phil’s journey of leaving the mess behind and embracing Jesus — and Kay’s quest to forgive — are at the center of “The Blind,” which opened in theaters nationwide Sept. 28.
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Willie told CBN Digital the film was difficult to watch at moments, but is an essential story of redemption. And Korie noted the importance of telling their family’s imperfect and redemptive story. “You look in Scripture and over and over again, the people that God uses are not the perfect people, is not the perfect family,” she said. “It’s in our weakness that God’s glory is revealed and that we are made strong … God can use you and your story, even if your past looks like this, even if … there’s things in your story that [were] really horrible.”
Willie and Korie also discussed how Phil and Miss Kay’s early years shaped them and helped craft the story underpinning the film “The Blind.” Forgiveness, love, and the Gospel are other themes explored in the movie and elevated in the conversation. Phil’s story of finding the Lord is the centerpiece of it all, though. “Unfortunately for Phil — or, perhaps fortunately, his life continued to spin out of control, especially then when he was in the loneliness and depths of despair and everything else he was doing that actually pushed him to the Lord,” Willie said. “And sometimes that’s what it takes for a bunch of people, it was just a hit rock bottom … that’s where he was.”