In a remake of  the 1968 film "Yours, Mine, and Ours," Dennis Quaid plays father to 18 children, the combined family of widower Frank and his bride-to-be, the widow Helen (Rene Russo). Quaid--who's played a slimy lawyer in "Traffic," the historical figure Sam Houston in "The Alamo," and real-life baseball pitching phenom Jimmy Morris in "The Rookie"--spoke with Beliefnet about his own family (including recovering from his well-publicized divorce from Meg Ryan), his Christian beliefs, and his charity work in Central America.

Your movie is about a big, blended family that has to find a way to come together. We hear a lot these days about families being in trouble. What qualities do families need to stay together?

Love. Families need a spiritual bond with one another and with God. God is the only way you're going to make it in life, the glue that holds everything together.

What's your own religious background, and where are you with it now?

I grew up Baptist and still go to church. I myself have explored other religions, because I want to know what it is that makes other people tick. I find we're all talking about the same thing, really-it's all God.

What things have you explored? Have you traveled places or met certain people that had an impact on you?

I went around the world three times and made it a point to ask people what it is that they believe and why.

What's the most interesting thing you heard?

Dennis Quaid on what we believe
What I find is that we're all human beings and that it's all very similar, what we believe. At the bottom, there's really not that much difference between Christians and Muslims and Hindus and Buddhists. We all worship God.

You went to India with a Baptist minister, right?

Dennis Quaid on being re-
baptized in India
Yes, I've been to India several times. I went with a friend of mine, John Meyrick, who's a Baptist minister. I got baptized when I was nine years old, but he re-baptized me in the Ganges River.