Aside from their duck-hunting skills, bustling empire and hit A&E reality show “Duck Dynasty,” the Robertson family is just as renowned for their dedication to Christianity and prioritizing those dinnertime prayers. But such faith and devotion wasn’t always part of the daily routine for the bearded Americans.
Fans of the Robertsons are now being offered an unprecedented look at their lives before they hit the big-time in an upcoming 30-minute Christian motivational film by I Am Second. In the movie, the Robertsons divulge details about their past demons, opening up about the drinking and infidelity that almost tore them all apart.
“The Robertson’s wanted to share the deeper story beyond their name. We love them on television, but there is so much more to them than that,” filmmaker Scott Mayo told FOX411. “They have this incredible story about their life and faith, and wanted to tell this story to inspire others… Just because they are on TV doesn’t make them perfect.”
After interviewing three generations of the very famous family – Phil, Miss Kay, son Jep and grandson Reed– Mayo said he was surprised at how open and candid the stars were in vocalizing their difficult history.
“Phil lives with a lot of conviction and shared a lot of dark struggles from his past. He did it in a way that was bold and raw,” continued the filmmaker, adding that simply being in the presence of Phil through the production was a profound experience in and of itself. “If there was any silence in the room, he would just start pontificating and laying down some shotgun wisdom.”
In a dimly lit room, Phil begins by opening up about how he initially pushed those trying to introduce him to Jesus away.
“You can only run the old sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll so far,” he explains in the film. “It’s only when you meet Jesus and you look back at where you were, that you up saying things like, ‘what was I thinking?”
Meanwhile, Jep reflects on how he “knew one day it was going to break” and that he simply hoped he “lived to turn [his] life around,” and Reed admits that he “got caught up thinking [he] was better than everyone else” because of his family name.
Based in Dallas, over the last five years I Am Second has become a movement centered on short films of transformation and hope, featuring a vast array of athletes, actors, models, pastors, and politicians – including Jason Castro, Mike Huckabee and Bethany Hamilton – sharing their own tales of love, pain and redemption.
The “Duck Dynasty” film will be released Thursday, Nov 21 at 8am ET on www.iamsecond.com
Hollie McKay has been a FoxNews.com staff reporter since 2007. She has reported extensively from the Middle East on the rise and fall of terrorist groups such as ISIS in Iraq. Follow her on twitter at @holliesmckay