The new movie “Last Ounce of Courage” is a statement calling on people to “stand up for their rights and defend their religious freedom,” says a young Catholic actor with a large role in the film.
Hunter Gomez, a 21-year-old actor from Arizona, said the family film is about faith and urges Americans to not “be complacent anymore,” he told CNA Sept. 11.
Gomez plays the role of Christian Revere, grandson of the movie’s main character Bob Revere, who is played by Marshall Teague. Christian finds himself rebuked for bringing a Bible to school and sees Christmas being ignored or secularized in a town where it was once celebrated by locals.
“He comes home and he feels like his rights are being stepped on,” Gomez summarized. “He can’t put a cross wherever he wants or bring a Bible to school or read a Bible in public.”
Christian, whose father died in war, asks his grandfather, the town’s part-time mayor, what his father died for. The question prompts the Revere family to decide to stand for their beliefs and inspire their town.
Gomez said the movie is about supporting all faiths, not just Christianity. He said it has been “very well received” and is not a partisan film.
“It has no political agenda. It’s simply about standing up for your rights and becoming involved in political discussion.”
Gomez is presently a student at Arizona State University. His home parish is the Catholic Community of the Blessed Sacrament in Scottsdale, Ariz.
He said he feels free to speak about his faith in daily life. “But you have to be careful,” he said. “You can’t say certain things.”
He said there is a “misconception” that those who are vocal about their faith, especially Catholics, “can come across as a bigot or someone that is deemed by the public as crazy.”
“I think we should be able to live in a society where especially young people can be expressive and excited about their faith and say ‘I’m a Christian’ and not have to hide that.”
Gomez advised Americans to “directly confront” social pressures to conceal their faith through discussion and dialogue.
The “Last Ounce of Courage” movie runs special screenings on Sept. 11 and opens nationwide Sept. 14.
More information about the movie is available at the website www.alrcnewskitchen.com/looc.