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Stars Come to Royal Oak for Premiere of 'Have A Little Faith'

Best-selling author Mitch Albom brings star-studded cast to Royal Oak's Emagine to open his new movie.

Local celebrities and movie stars walked the red carpet along with for a sneak preview of Albom's Have a Little Faith Wednesday night at the theater in Royal Oak.

Attending the premiere were Lawrence Fishburne, Martin Landau, Bradley Whitford, Matthew Stafford, Carman Harlan, Bernie Smilovitz, game show host Chuck Woolery and others.

Albom, who lives in Farmington Hills, introduced the cast members to the crowd, calling them gracious.

“The fact is they didn’t need to do this. This is not contractual. This is not part of their obligations," Albom said. "They don’t get paid anything for it. They did it because I asked them to come help us do something important in Detroit. And everyone of them said yes.”

Proceeds from the sold-out VIP event will help A Hole in the Roof Foundation and the Rabbi Albert Lewis Fund. Albom presented checks for $30,000 to each.

Landau played the role of Lewis, the rabbi who died in 2008 and upon whose story the book was based.  "I was very flattered to be chosen to play the role of such an exceptional man," Landau said. "It was one of the most important roles I've ever played. I wanted to get it exactly right for Mitch because he meant so much to him."

Bradley Whitford, who played Albom in the movie, said: "The only voices of religion we hear are the exclusions. There are so many religions out there who focus on radical inclusion and radical forgiveness. We need more of that, and that is what this movie is all about."

The film is based on Albom's 2009 New York Times bestseller of the same name. It's the true story of Rabbi Lewis and Henry Covington (played by Laurence Fishburne), pastor of I Am My Brother's Keeper Ministries.

It was very important to Albom that the filming for the movie take place in Detroit – where a large part of the story is focused.

All guests, who poured into Emagine's 10 theaters for the premiere,  received an autographed copy of Albom’s book. On Nov. 27, Have A Little Faith will be televised on ABC stations.

The film and book portray a message of unique friendships, loyalty and community.  "Be satisfied and be grateful" said the late Rabbi "Reb" Lewis to Albom shortly before the rabbi's death in 2008.

Karen Schoonover November 17, 2011 at 05:16 PM
Had an unbelievable time at the Premiere of "Have a Little Faith." I took several pictures of the actors as they were arriving and was impressed with Emagine Theatre's hospitality. Thank you Mitch Albom for having the screening in our local Royal Oak. Did anyone else at the premiere catch him in the first scene as well as the scene on the ladder? Finally, Cass was so inspirational in the role he played and the man he is. I loved how the evening ended with his asking everyone in attendance to repeat his "I am somebody because God loves me!" Thanks again Beth Valone and Troy Patch for the comp. tickets! It was a night I will remember for a long time...
C&B Scene November 18, 2011 at 12:07 AM
What a great night! Stars on the Red Carpet - good show & amazing comments after! Bradley Whitford was every bit as fun and amusing as he was on West Wing and Studio 60 - miss him on my weekly TV schedule! Mitch continues to do great things here in Detroit and in Haiti - inspiring!
Susan Gertner November 19, 2011 at 04:08 AM
What a great night and a great fundraiser. A bit of Hollywood in RO. I loved the book and the movie was wonderful, It was extra special since Jake Rubin and Charles Gertner were extras in the movie. A proud mom

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