The maker of the famous MyPillow has donated $1 million to help finance “Unplanned,” a pro-life film about former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson.
Michael Lindell, the creator of MyPillow and a pro-life and conservative activist, recently helped fund one-sixth of the entire production budget for the pro-life film.
“I don’t get into things for the money; I get into them if the message is right,” Lindell told The Hollywood Reporter.
“Unplanned” is based on the life of Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood director who became pro-life. The film is titled after Johnson’s book of the same name, which details how she left the abortion industry because of the compassionate outreach of pro-lifers with 40 Days for Life.
The film is written and directed by Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon, who co-wrote the popular 2014 Christian film “God’s Not Dead,” as well as “I Can Only Imagine.” Both films were commercially successful at the box office, earning $61 million and $84 million, respectively.
After leaving Planned Parenthood, Johnson began to help other abortion workers leave their jobs. She now runs a non-profit organization called And Then There Were None, which provides support to help abortion facility workers quit their jobs.
Lindell also has a cameo in “Unplanned,” and it certainly makes a statement: He is seen bulldozing a Planned Parenthood site to make way for the headquarters of a pro-life group called 40 Days for Life, according to the report.
“I’m pro-life and I’m happy to do it,” Lindell said.
“Unplanned” is the second movie Lindell helped fund, the first being “Church People,” a Christian comedy starring Stephen Baldwin that is in post-production, according to the report. Lindell has a cameo in that film as well.
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“It was difficult. I have a spirit of unworthiness so I had to get over my shyness,” he said.
Lindell is a former cocaine addict who invented MyPillow in 2004. His company is wildly successful, and Lindell has amassed a $300 million fortune for the pillows that even President Donald Trump sleeps on, the report states.
According to The Daily Wire, Lindell is a friend of President Trump, and spent last Easter at Mar-a-Lago.
“I’ve prayed about everything I’ve done,” Lindell said. “I met Donald Trump before he was president and I didn’t know a thing about politics. I walked out of his office thinking there was no better man in this world that I would like to be my president.”
During a meeting with manufacturers in July, Trump praised the Minnesota-based businessman for his “fantastic” product line and his long-time support. “Michael was a supporter of ours right from the beginning, which I really appreciate,” Trump said at the time.
“When they tell me to back down, I double down, and my sales go up,” Lindell told The Hollywood Reporter.