It’s becoming more known these days, but did you know that the two creators of the Despicable Me movies are members of the Church?

Recently, Jana Riess of Religion News Service took the opportunity to interview one of the writers, Cinco Paul, about his religious influences in creating one of America’s favorite villains and his many “cousins.”

Courtesy Photo | Cinco Paul

CINCO PAUL | Courtesy Photo

In the interview, Paul shared how he grew up attending church with his mom, but he was not baptized until shortly before he left to attend Yale University.

After graduating from Yale, Paul chose to serve a mission for the Church where he was sent to the Japan Tokyo mission. During his service, his fiancé waited for his return, and the two were married shortly after.

Years later, during a stake event to celebrate the Mormon pioneers arriving in Utah, Paul met his current business partner, Ken Daurio. Since then, Paul and Daurio have written many movie scripts, including Bubble Boy (2001), The Santa Clause 2 (2002) and Horton Hears a Who! (2008), which opened many doors for them.

One of Paul and Daurio’s goals with their moviemaking is for their faith to be represented.

“To me, there’s a lot of the gospel in there – maybe not specific to LDS teachings, but about the power of love to change a bad person into a good person,” Paul said when discussing Despicable Me specifically.

A scene they really wanted in the movie should the three adopted girls praying.

“Religion is a very strong part of the lives of people, and it rarely gets any sort of real representation in films and TV,” Paul said.

According to Jana Riess’ blog, Paul and Daurio did not write Minions (2015), but the two will be returning with Despicable Me 3 (2017).

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