Skip to comments.'Bella' Movie Star, Eduardo Verastegui, Saved Real Baby While Researching Film
Posted on 12/10/2007 4:28:32 PM PST by wagglebee
REDONDO BEACH, Calif., December 10, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - "By the grace of God, I was able to save this baby," said Eduardo Verastegui, star of the movie, "Bella." The famous 33-year-old Mexican actor shared this while holding baby "Eduardito" at a LAPS pregnancy center banquet in Los Angeles. Eduardo always hoped his new film would touch lives and inspire souls, but he never imagined "Bella" would help save a real baby's life before filming even began.
The movie is earning top ratings from movie critics. Moreover it is causing a sensation wherever it goes. At the New York "Bella" premiere, Grammy winning singer Tony Bennett spontaneously took the microphone from Eduardo Verastegui and gave an impassioned speech through tears about how much he loved "Bella." Bennett called it the "perfect movie, an artistic masterpiece that every American must see."
Top Hispanic singer/songwriter Alejandro Sanz, who's won 15 Grammys, loved Bella so much he wrote a song for the movie. The Smithsonian Institute produced a video for their annual Awards Gala featuring famous Latino celebrities sharing their passion for "Bella." It included Alejandro Sanz, Maria Celeste, Angelica Vale, Paulina Rubio, the lead singer of Switchfoot and the Chairman of the Smithsonian Institute.
But Eduardo's most precious testimony goes back to the time he was doing research for his lead role in this award-winning, romantic drama. He tells fans in the newly released 2008 edition of LoveMatters, the popular pro-life youth newspaper put out by J.T. Finn.
Eduardo says, "I decided to go to an abortion center to see if I could learn more about what women think and feel when faced with a crisis pregnancy..." That's when Eduardo met a couple seeking an abortion. He spoke with them for 45 minutes, offering them hope, help, encouragement and his phone number.
"Several months later," Eduardo continues, "I received a phone call from the man I met with the pregnant lady in front of the abortion center. He said, 'Hello Eduardo - this is Javier, and I have great news. My boy was born yesterday! I want to thank you and ask your permission - I would like to name him, Eduardo.'"
"I just put the phone down - I couldn't even talk," Eduardo says. "It's the most emotional thing I've ever done in my life. It changed my life. It was beautiful. I went to the hospital to meet them and see the baby. A few weeks later, I was holding little Eduardito in my hands. It was beautiful!"
All the details and photos of Eduardo with the baby he saved are available in the newly released 2008 edition of LoveMatters and available online at:
God bless this little family and sustain them according to His Will. In the name of Our Lord Jesus, Amen.
What a great story! God bless Eduardo (the actor and the baby) and the new parents.
I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews of this movie.
I can’t stand movie theaters, but I may make an exception for this. Otherwise I’ll buy it on DVD when it comes out.
You may want to ping this.
God bless this man!
He spoke with them for 45 minutes, offering them hope, help, encouragement and his phone number.
God Bless this man and this family.
I must see this movie!
**...” That’s when Eduardo met a couple seeking an abortion. He spoke with them for 45 minutes, offering them hope, help, encouragement and his phone number. **
That’s all we have to do. Talk to those thinking about an abortion and the pray like heck!
This is a really good movie. It has almost restored my enjoyment of watching quality movies again.
Please support this movie so more like it are made.
Truly beautiful! Thanks for posting. Wiping away a tear...
It looks good.
Needless to say The New York Times hated it:
But here’s another review from someone with a better understanding of what life is all about:
Interesting contrast between these two reviews, I think. Much depends on whether the reviewer thinks that human life is worth anything or not.
YOU know how I feel about movies...but I may make an exception for this one.
I have not yet seen it, but my daughter saw August Rush and felt it, too, had a definite, moving, prolife message.
Has anyone else seen it?
I am the same way, but I will go to this one to support a pro life film.
Good luck finding it playing anywhere, though...
I know where one theater is. I found it when the movie about 9-11 came out...the good one.
I saw the movie a few weeks ago and I floated out of the theater. Well done and very beautiful ending.I recommend it to anyone.Uplifting.
They are planning special showings of Bella during the March for Life in DC.
Thanks. I am anxious to see it.
Interesting, considering Bennett is doing a fundraising concert for Hillary on Dec. 12...
Thanks. Makes me want to go see the movie.
yes it is; thanks!
WOW, quite a contrast between the two reviews!
Anything that the New York Times doesn’t like, I’m pretty sure I’m going to love!
(God Bless you Eduardo.) Bella was one of the most moving films I have ever seen. Unlike anything I’ve watched. The messege is presented in an intelligent and thoughtful manner. It shows very real people facing confusing and difficult decisions. The Lord’s hand had to have been involved because the film is beyond explanation and it is full of heart. “Bella” is beautiful.
The movie lost about 100 theaters after Thanksgiving but then rebounded back ang gained some more theaters the following week.
The movies released around Christmas might push the movie out of theaters -- but it remains to be seen.
I saw the movie for the second time Saturday. I was actually more impressed with the second viewing than the first...
A wonderful story! Thanks for posting it!
Wow, I have tears in my eyes. How wonderful...
Is it any wonder why the old "Grey Lady" is getting older and greyer, and more panic-stricken with each subscription cancellation? Here's wishing her a speedy and troubled bankruptcy.
May God shower His Blessings on Eduardo, Baby Eduardo, and the couple he saved from making one of the most devatating decisions in their young lives. Amen.
DFU’s tribute to the New York Slimes:
Very good, indeed.
He needs a shave.
Just a small one.
Doesn’t that kinda fall into the same category as being a little bit pregnant?
I just checked and Bella is not playing in any movie theaters in our area. Our niche artsie movie theater only plays leftist stuff. I’ll keep my eyes open, but I may need to wait for the DVD.
I can’t stand movie theaters, but I might make an exception for this one. Otherwise, I will certainly buy the DVD.
Darn fuzzy monitor!!!
Oh to be 30 years younger...
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