"Everyone Can Be a Hero": Make-A-Wish Founder's Story Told in 'Wish Man' - Hope 103.2

“Everyone Can Be a Hero”: Make-A-Wish Founder’s Story Told in ‘Wish Man’

Australian Andrew Steel stars as Make-A-Wish Foundation's Frank Shankwitz, a man who “came from very humble beginnings”.

By Laura BennettMonday 5 Sep 2022Hope AfternoonsMoviesReading Time: 2 minutes

For more than 40 years, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has helped fulfill the wishes of children with a critical illness, initially starting in the US and now impacting kids in nearly 50 countries globally.

The story of its founder Frank Shankwitz is told in Wish Man, a movie taking us in to the backstory of the Arizona-based policeman and the young boy who inspired his philanthropy.

Australian Andrew Steel (The Justice Lease, Red Rabbit Lodge) stars as Frank, a man who “came from very humble beginnings”.

“His parents got divorced and he was in the middle of a terrible custody battle,” Andrew told Hope 103.2.

“But then he grew up and he went straight into the air force when he was 17, served there for a few years, then went into the police force, so his whole life has been a life of service.”

With a difficult childhood behind him and a number of vices he’d developed to cope, Frank often underestimated his ability to help others which is something Andrew thinks we call can do.

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“We can be hard on ourselves,” Andrew said.

“We set standards for ourselves [that] often we don’t meet, because we set them so high.”

The point of Wish Man is to do what the tagline says and remind people that “everyone can be a hero”.

“You don’t have to have superpowers to be a hero, you can just do something kind for somebody else,” – Andrew Steel, Wish Man actor

“I think a hero is in the eye of the beholder,” Andrew said.

“You don’t have to have superpowers to be a hero, you can just do something kind for somebody else.

“I hope [viewers] can be inspired to make a simple act of kindness.

“You never know what ripple effect that’s going to have on somebody.”

Wish Man is streaming on Wonder from September 5 with 40 per cent of the proceeds from every rental going directly to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Listen to Andrew Steel’s full interview with Laura Bennett in the player above.