Part of the reason for Shelton's insistence on running things his own way is the fact that his movies frequently deal with risky topics such as religion. Bull Durham and Play It to the Bone are loaded with religious references, and gospel music can be heard throughout White Men Can't Jump. Shelton was raised with a Baptist background and attended the evangelical Westmont College. Although he doesn't actively practice, Shelton says, "There aren't many of us (Baptists) in Hollywood. I once had a joke about the difference between First Baptists and Southern Baptists, but I had to cut it because nobody else got it."