.- Mexican actor Eduardo Verastegui, known for his passionate defense of the unborn, will star in a new film on the life of Blessed Anacleto Gonzalez Flores, a Catholic who was martyred in Mexico.
The film, titled, âCristiada,â is being directed by Dean Wright, the special effects producer for such films as âThe Lord of the Rings,â âThe Chronicles of Narnia,â and âTitanic.â
âCristiadaâ is being filmed in Durango, San Luis Potosi and Mexico City, and also stars Andy Garcia, Eva Longoria and Peter OâToole.
In an interview with Univision, Verastegui remarked that he is thrilled about the new role. âIt is a film with a great message of faith, love, hope, loyalty and courage, about the religious persecution in Mexico under President Plutarco Elias Calles, whose war against the Church left more than 200,000 dead,â the actor explained.
âI play a Catholic lawyer, Blessed Anacleto Gonzalez Flores, called the âMexican Ghandi,â because he was a heroic pacifist who only wanted to defend his Catholic faith without violence.â
Through his pacifist strategies, Verastegui continued, Blessed Gonzalez Flores was able to lead âthe resistance to the government and defend freedom of religion.â
âI was invited to give life to âAnacleto,â and the truth is that this character is giving me life, as he was a great hero and a Mexican martyr who died to defend his faith. He was beaten, martyred and shot for defending his beliefs.
âThe most beautiful thing is that he died forgiving his executors,â he added.
Verastegui said he is thrilled âbecause I am finally working on a mission that is greater than myself. It is very clear to me that my vocation is to participate in productions that recount stories that are inspiring to people, that bring a message of hope, faith, love and happiness. Thatâs what we did with âBella,â with âThe Butterfly Circus,â and what we are doing with âCristiadaâ.â
A preview of the film can be seen at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utnRveBLjx0