'My Pillow' founder invests $1 million to secret movie about Planned Parenthood
Michael Lindell, founder of My Pillow, has dumped $1 million into a film about Planned Parenthood that was filmed in secrecy due to its critical nature.
An upcoming movie that is highly critical of Planned Parenthood was filmed in secret and a Trump-loving Michael Lindell, the founder of My Pillow, has invested a million into the film.
Lindell is a born again Christian conservative who is taking some of his money and using it to help finance movies that he aligns himself with in regards to his opinion of Planned Parenthood. He's worth about $300 million, so spending $1 million to help filmmakers bring their project to fruition wasn't much for him, especially since it appears that he supports the cause behind the film.
The Hollywood Reporter stated that his contribution is about "one-sixth the entire production budget of Unplanned, which comes from some of the same filmmakers who were behind God's Not Dead and I Can Only Imagine, a couple of Christian films that did well at the box office, earning $61 million and $84 million, respectively.
Lindell's money wasn't the only thing that the creators of the Unplanned movie were able to use. They also gave him a cameo appearance in the film in which he's found bulldozing a Planned Parenthood location in order to break ground for what will become the home of an anti-abortion group called 40 Days for Life.
Lindell says that he's "pro-life and I'm happy to do it."
Unplanned is the second movie Lindell helped fund, the first being Church People, a Christian comedy starring Stephen Baldwin that is in postproduction.
Lindell has a cameo in that film as well. "It was difficult. I have a spirit of unworthiness so I had to get over my shyness," he says.
"I don't get into things for the money; I get into them if the message is right," Lindell says.
Lindell has become a controversial figure among the political left, immune to calls from activist groups to yank his advertising from conservative talk-radio shows and The Ingraham Angle on Fox News after host Laura Ingraham insulted a survivor of a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
"When they tell me to back down, I double down, and my sales go up," says Lindell, who handed out 10,000 My Pillows to hurricane victims in Florida earlier this month.
The 57-year-old Lindell used to be hooked on cocaine and alcohol, but he founded My Pillow in 2004 and now employs 1,600 workers in Minnesota. He's sold 43 million of his products and even President Donald Trump says he uses one of the pillows.
Lindell says. "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."