Mike Lindell was about to board a plane headed to Israel last spring when his phone rang.
The call was from producers who wanted him to appear in a low-profile movie about a woman named Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood employee who changed her position on abortion and became one of the nation’s most vocal anti-abortion advocates.
Lindell, founder of MyPillow and an outspoken anti-abortion activist, said he’d only agree to appear in the movie if it was a high-quality film.
So before his plane took off, Lindell wired the film producers $1 million — the amount of money they said they were short — and he agreed to cameo in the film, which was shot in secret to avoid pushback from people who disagree with its message, according to Lindell.
“Unplanned” premiered at TCL Chinese Theaters in Hollywood on Monday and on March 29 will be available in theaters nationwide.
Lindell hopes it reaches people who have had abortions in the past and people who support abortion.
“People have had to live with this stuff,” Lindell said. “And it’s perfect timing with what’s going on in New York,” referring to the state’s abortion laws.
Lindell is a crack-addict-turned-evangelical Christian, and he has used his business as a platform to spread his religious and political beliefs. Lindell said he’s proud of how the movie turned out, but he’s disappointed it’s rated R and that the producers had so much trouble advertising the movie because of its stance on abortion.
“We couldn’t get advertisements on major networks,” Lindell said.
Lindell’s appearance in the movie is short. He is seen in a bulldozer, running over a Planned Parenthood building.
Lindell is also writing a book due to come out this fall about his own experience with addiction, and now that he knows more about the film industry, he’s hoping a movie will be made out of it.
“Movies are such a good way to get a story across,” Lindell said.