81 year-old entertainer Pat Boone recently gave an interview to the Tennessee Daily Times. Boone is currently appearing in two faith-based films, “God’s Not Dead 2” and “Booneville Redemption,” as well as a live career retrospective, “Music & Memories: An Evening with Pat Boone.”
In the 1950s and 1960s Boone sold over 45 million albums – according to Billboard he is second only to Elvis Presely in record sales in the 1950s - and appeared in over 12 films.
Boone is also a devout Christian, and in the interview discussed how his faith affects his social status in the entertainment industry:
“Dean Martin used to say, ‘Pat Boone is so religious that I shook hands with that boy the other day, and my whole right side sobered up.' I long ago realized I was persona non grata with the Hollywood community. I haven’t been invited to a lot of the events out here, and that’s fine, because I don’t care to go. I like the people, and we get along great; I think they find I’m not the stick in the mud they might have imagined me to be, because I like to kid myself, and I even quote some of the jokes. I get a kick out of that, because it lets people know I do have a sense of humor.”
“I just try to talk logically and present facts, and I realize some people are not going to agree with me. I’m pro-life, and I’m pro-death penalty, and I’m going to get ridiculed. Someone asked me the other day what I thought about same-sex marriage, and I told them, ‘What I think is not worth the breath coming out of my mouth. The question is, what does God think?' And he expresses himself in the Bible very clearly."
"Music & Memories" plays October 22 at the Oak Ridge Performing Arts Center in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.