Soul Surfer: Deeper Than a Feel-Good Movie

Dennis Quaid on why this role means so much to him and his family.

This article is from Issue 50: Mar/Apr 2011

Dennis Quaid has proven to be one of Hollywood’s most durable stars, but he has also undergone personal challenges: In 2007, his then-week-old twins nearly died after a medication error. It was while sitting with them in 2009 that Quaid agreed to portray Tom Hamilton, the real-life father of world- champion surfer Bethany Hamilton, in the new film Soul Surfer. It’s a role Quaid says helped him believe in God again.