Toronto Internation Film Festival - Official Selection
  • "Powerful, inspirational drama"
    Parade Magazine
  • "Machine Gun Preacher may be one of the few films that both fans of Rambo and The Blind Side can appreciate equally."
    — Toronto Sun
  • "The most moving and powerful movie of the year."
    — WDAF - TV/FOX
  • "...captivating and gripping story."
    — Christianity Today
  • "Critics will rave about Gerard Butler's fast-and-furious performance..."
    Hollywood Reporter
  • "Incredible and inspiring story of redemption."
    — Box Office Magazine
  • "...an action movie that could inspire people to take action."
    — IN TOUCH

GERARD BUTLER (Sam Childers) solidified his leading-man status when he starred as the bold and heroic King Leonidas in Zack Snyder’s action blockbuster 300. The film broke box-office records in its opening weekend and went on to earn more than $450 million worldwide.
Butler has a highly anticipated film being released this fall, Coriolanus, based on the Shakespeare play about authority, power and the emotions that drive them. The film also stars Ralph Fiennes and marks Fiennes’ directorial debut.

Butler is currently in production on Gabriele Muccino’s Playing the Field, starring as a world-famous soccer star who, now retired, tries to rebuild his relationship with his son and ex-wife by coaching his son’s soccer team. Next, Butler begins production on Curtis Hanson’s Mavericks, based on the true story of Santa Cruz surfer Jay Moriarity (Jonny Weston) and his quest to ride the notoriously treacherous Northern California break known as Mavericks. Gerard plays Moriarity’s surf mentor and friend.

Butler gave voice to the leader of the Vikings, Chief Stoick, in the Oscar®-nominated animated film How to Train Your Dragon. He will reprise his role in the forthcoming sequel.
In association with his longtime manager Alan Siegel, Butler launched a production shingle in 2008. He also starred in their debut project, Law Abiding Citizen, which grossed more than $100 million worldwide.

Butler has appeared in a wide variety of films spanning the genres. He starred in The Bounty Hunter, opposite Jennifer Aniston; The Ugly Truth, opposite Katherine Heigl; Gamer, with Michael C. Hall; RocknRolla, with Thandie Newton and Jeremy Piven; P.S. I Love You, with Hilary Swank; Nim’s Island, with Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin; The Phantom of the Opera, with Emmy Rossum; Dear Frankie, opposite Emily Mortimer; and the award-winning drama Her Majesty, Mrs. Brown, starring Judi Dench. Other film credits include Beowulf & Grendel, The Game of Their Lives, Timeline, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Reign of Fire, Fast Food, One More Kiss, Harrison’s Flowers and The Cherry Orchard.

Born in Scotland, Butler made his stage debut at age 12 in the musical “Oliver,” at Glasgow’s famous Kings Theatre. As a young man, his dreams of acting were temporarily deferred when he studied law for seven years before returning to the stage in London. In 1996, Butler landed the lead role in the acclaimed stage production of “Trainspotting.” He later starred on the London stage in such plays as “Snatch” and the Donmar Warehouse production of Tennessee Williams’ “Suddenly Last Summer,” opposite Rachel Weisz.
Butler is a board member of Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ), established in 2009 by Paul Haggis to encourage peace and social justice. It also raises funds to address issues of poverty in communities around the world, with a current focus on Haiti.

MICHELLE MONAGHAN (Lynn) starred to great critical acclaim in the independent drama Trucker, which made its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. For this role, she received the Best Actress awards of the San Diego Film Critics Society, Ft. Lauderdale Film Festival and Vail Film Festival. Monaghan also served as executive producer on the film.
Most recently, Monaghan co-starred in Duncan Jones’ hit sci-fi thriller Source Code, opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Jeffrey Wright. She will next be seen in Boot Tracks,opposite Stephen Dorff and Willem Dafoe, as well as the dramedy Better Living through Chemistry,alongside Jennifer Garner and Sam Rockwell.

Monaghan made her feature film debut in Perfume, directed by Michael Rymer. But it was her starring role in Shane Black’s Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, opposite Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer, that first brought Monaghan to the attention of audiences around the world. She received rave reviews for her performance in this comedic thriller.
She then played Richard Gere’s secretary in Adrian Lyne’s Unfaithful, followed by supporting roles in Fred Schepisi’s It Runs in the Family, Josh Sternfeld’s Winter Solstice, Paul Greengrass’ The Bourne Supremacy and Doug Liman’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith.

Other film credits include Niki Caro’s North Country, with Charlize Theron, Frances McDormand and Sissy Spacek; Ben Affleck’s Gone Baby Gone, opposite Casey Affleck and Morgan Freeman; the Farrelly brothers’ The Heartbreak Kid, opposite Ben Stiller and Malin Akerman; J.J. Abrams’ Mission: Impossible III, with Tom Cruise and Philip Seymour Hoffman; Paul Weiland’s Made of Honor, opposite Patrick Dempsey; D.J. Caruso’s Eagle Eye, alongside Shia LaBeouf; Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere, with Stephen Dorff; and Todd Phillips’ Due Date, opposite Robert Downey Jr.

MICHAEL SHANNON (Donnie) was an Academy Award nominee for Best Supporting Actor in 2008 for his performance in Sam Mendes’ relationship drama Revolutionary Road. Over the last few years, Shannon has collaborated with many of the industry’s most-honored talents and treaded the boards in some of the world’s most respected theaters.

Shannon stars in September’s Take Shelter, opposite Jessica Chastain and Shea Whigham, for director Jeff Nichols. He plays a working-class husband and father who questions whether his terrifying dreams of an apocalyptic storm signal something to come, or reveal the onset of an inherited mental illness he’s feared his whole life. The film premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and won the Critics Week Grand Prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. In his first collaboration with Jeff Nichols, Shannon starred in the critically acclaimed drama Shotgun Stories (2007).

Shooting just wrapped on David Koepp’s Premium Rush, an action film starring Shannon and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He is currently in production on Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, in which Shannon plays super-villain General Zod opposite Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and Diane Lane. Next, he will co-star with James Franco and Benicio Del Toro in The Iceman, based on the life of the cold-blooded contract killer known as “Mr. Softee.”

Shannon grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, and began his professional stage career in Chicago. With more than 30 roles in feature films, his credits include Liza Johnson’s Return, Floria Sigismondi’s The Runaways, Werner Herzog’s My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done and The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, Sidney Lumet’s Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center, William Friedkin’s Bug, Curtis Hanson’s Lucky You, Michael Bay’s Bad Boys II and Pearl Harbor, Curtis Hanson’s 8 Mile, David McNally’s Kangaroo Jack, Cameron Crowe’s Vanilla Sky, John Waters’ Cecil B. DeMented, Noah Buschel’s The Missing Person and Shana Feste’s The Greatest.

On the small screen, Shannon has a recurring role in Martin Scorsese’s HBO series, “Boardwalk Empire,” starring Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt and Kelly Macdonald. He plays Nelson Van Alden, a dedicated senior agent with the Treasury Department who has a strong interest in controlling bootlegging in Prohibition-era Atlantic City.
For all his roles on screen, Shannon has maintained his connection to the theater. Recently, he earned many accolades for his starring role in Craig Wright’s Off Broadway play “Mistakes Were Made.” Shannon received a Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor, a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Play, an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance and a Drama League Award nomination for Distinguished Performance.

Other stage credits include “Our Town,” “Lady,” “The Metal Children,” “The Little Flower of East Orange,” “The Pillowman,” “Bug,” “Man From Nebraska,” “Mr. Kolpert,” “Killer Joe,” “The Idiot,” “The Killer” and “Woyzeck.”

KATHY BAKER (Daisy) will next be seen co-starring in a string of feature films including Seven Days in Utopia, directed by Matt Russell and starring Robert Duvall; Take Shelter, directed by Jeff Nichols and starring Jessica Chastain and Michael Shannon; and Everybody Loves Whales, directed by Ken Kwapis with stars Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski. She will soon start production on The Party Is Over, an independent feature written by her son, Julian Camillieri. Baker is also producing.

Other film credits include Miss Nobody, Last Chance Harvey, Shades of Ray, The Jane Austen Book Club, All the King’s Men, Nine Lives, 13 Going on 30, Cold Mountain, Assassination Tango, The Glass House, A Little Inside, The Cider House Rules, To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday, Edward Scissorhands, Mister Frost, Dad, Jacknife, Clean and Sober and Street Smart. She made her film debut in Philip Kaufman’s The Right Stuff.

On the small screen, Baker has earned three Emmy Awards®, a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for her work on the CBS television series “Picket Fences.” She was also nominated for back-to-back Emmys for her guest performances on “Touched by an Angel” and “Boston Public.” 
Baker is currently shooting the new Lifetime series “Against the Wall.” She recently reprised her role as Rose Gammon in the eighth installment of the hit Jesse Stone franchise for CBS, “Jesse Stone: No Remorse.” Baker again starred opposite Tom Selleck.

Additional television credits include recurring roles on “Medium,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Nip/Tuck” and “Bull.” She has played guest-starring roles on “Law & Order” and “Saving Grace,” among other series.
Baker has been seen in a number of made-for-television movies including HBO’s Emmy-nominated drama “Too Big to Fail,” directed by Curtis Hanson, and TNT’s “Door to Door,” for which she earned a 2003 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress opposite William H. Macy. Other TV movie credits include “Babylon Fields,” “Fathers and Sons,” “Spring Break Shark Attack,” “Sucker Free City,” “Picking Up & Dropping Off,” “A Family’s Decision,” “Sanctuary,” “Murphy’s Dozen,” “Not in This Town,” “Lush Life” and “Nobody’s Child.” She was also seen in the CBS miniseries “Shake, Rattle & Roll: An American Love Story.”

A stage veteran, Baker originated the role of May in Sam Shepard’s “Fool for Love” and, at the playwright’s request, took the part to New York along with co-star Ed Harris. Baker’s work earned her an Obie Award. Additional stage credits include roles in productions such as “Desire Under the Elms,” “Aunt Dan and Lemon,” William Friedkin’s “A Man from Nebraska” and Claudia Weill’s “Memory House.”
Baker currently resides in Los Angeles.

SOULEYMANE SY SAVANE (Deng) was born on Africa’s Ivory Coast and raised in both Paris and West Africa. He won a modeling contest in the mid 󈨞s and soon became a regular face at Paris Fashion Week, working with such legends as Jean Paul Gaultier, Dries Van Noten and Kenzo Takada.

In 2009, Sy Savane landed his first feature film role as the lead in Ramin Bahrani’s critically acclaimed Goodbye Solo. He was nominated for Best Actor by the Independent Spirit Awards and Best Breakthrough Performance by the Gotham Awards. Sy Savane followed this success with a supporting turn opposite Glenn Close and Rose Byrne on the Emmy Award-winning FX Networks series “Damages.”

MADELINE CARROLL (Paige) has spent more than half her life in front of a camera. She has appeared in films, television and national commercials. Most recently, she starred in Mark Waters’ Mr. Popper’s Penguins, alongside Jim Carrey, and Rob Reiner’s coming-of-age comedy Flipped, opposite Callan McAuliffe,Aidan Quinn and Anthony Edwards. She is working with Reiner again on Summer at Dog Dave’s, about a wheelchair-bound author who moves to a rural town to reignite his passion for writing and befriends a single mother and her three kids. The film stars Morgan Freeman, Virginia Madsen and Kenan Thompson.
Other film credits include The Spy Next Door, Astro Boy, Swing Vote, Resident Evil: Extinction, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause and When a Stranger Calls.

Carroll is no stranger to television, either. She has appeared on ABC’s hit series “Lost” and “Grey’s Anatomy” as well as “The Night Stalker,” “Wanted,” “Cold Case” and “All of Us.”