Franklin Graham has criticized the new feature film about his famous Charlotte-born father, saying ``Billy: The Early Years'' includes a few scenes that never happened in real life and others that are ``greatly embellished.''
``My father's life has been documented in many ways and I have always appreciated those who painstakingly sought to tell his story accurately,'' Franklin Graham said in a statement posted Monday on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Web site, www.billygraham.org.
The younger Graham, CEO of the Charlotte-based group, also made it clear that he and the BGEA neither collaborated with the filmmakers nor endorsed their movie -- due in theaters Oct. 10.
His spokesman, Mark DeMoss, said Tuesday that Graham put out the statement not to hurt the film -- ``he doesn't care if people see it.'' Rather, he worried that some pastors who have agreed to host preview screenings in...