Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Actor Eduardo Verástegui on the Schindler’s List of Mexico
Townhall.com ^ | May 31, 2012 | John Hanlon

Posted on 05/31/2012 6:49:13 AM PDT by Kaslin

In the early 20th Century, the Mexican people banded together and fought a war against their overzealous government which was infringing on their religious rights. And although the Cristero War was an important event in that nation’s history, many Mexicans don’t learn about it in public school because it embarrasses the government, according to actor Eduardo Verástegui.” But Verástegui’s newest film For Greater Glory attempts to tell the story of that important war. I recently talked to the young actor about the true story behind the film, the cause of religious freedom and why he enjoys playing heroes.

Glory focuses on an atheist general, played by Andy Garcia, who is recruited to lead an army of Christians who were fighting for the freedom to practice their religion. In the film, Verástegui plays Anacleto González Flores, a Christian turned off by the ensuing violence. Instead of fighting the government, he wants to use an economic boycott to undercut its power and protest its overreach. Verástegui noted that Flores is “called the Mexican Gandhi because he was a peacemaker.”

And despite his Mexican upbringing, the actor hadn’t heard of this incredible story before someone asked him about it in Los Angeles. “I so felt embarrassed that I didn’t know this period of time in my own country,” he said. But he researched the story and as he did, he became intrigued. “I got very passionate when I saw this dark period of Mexico where more than 200,000 people died in a very horrible way,” he said.

“I learned and I discovered that the reason why public schools [didn’t teach] these historical facts was because it was an embarrassment to the government.” But Verástegui believes that the government should embrace the darkest chapters in its past. “Let’s bring the wound out,” he said about teaching the story in schools, “let’s heal it, let’s go back in history, let’s learn from the mistakes that we commit so we don’t do that again…” When discussing the timeliness of the film, the actor noted that religious freedom is always an important subject to discuss. And he hopes that the film has an effect on its audience. After seeing the film, the actor noted that he hopes viewers “will leave of course entertained but more important with a spark in their heart and not being afraid to be heroes. I hope that they will leave wanting to be a better person,” he said. The actor, who noted that prayer is an extremely important part of his life, added that he actually enjoys playing good guys. “I like to be involved in big projects where the characters are heroes so I can learn from them,” he said. And there is plenty to learn from For Greater Glory. This is a story that isn’t afraid to show the consequences of an overzealous government that curbs its citizens’ religious freedoms and it’s a story that the Mexican government shouldn’t be afraid to tell. “This is like the Schindler’s List of Mexico,” Verástegui said. And like that earlier film, this is a true story that needed to be told onscreen.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Mexico
KEYWORDS: forgreaterglory; religiousfreedom

1 posted on 05/31/2012 6:49:17 AM PDT by Kaslin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

I am anxious to see this film....some good ones coming out lately, surprising.


2 posted on 05/31/2012 7:37:59 AM PDT by EmilyGeiger
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin
And despite his Mexican upbringing, the actor hadn’t heard of this incredible story before someone asked him about it in Los Angeles. “I so felt embarrassed that I didn’t know this period of time in my own country,” he said. But he researched the story and as he did, he became intrigued. “I got very passionate when I saw this dark period of Mexico where more than 200,000 people died in a very horrible way,” he said.
 
First off, I call Bull Shiite.  Andy wasn't raised in Mexico and never visited there until becoming an adult.
 
He came over to Miami, Fl with parents as they left Cuba during the "Bay of Pigs" and likely never visited Mexico until moving to Hollywood. in the 1980's.
 
He doesn't know anything about "This period of time in my own country" because he ain't Mexican and although I understand he is a Republican he is one weird hombre.
 
As I understand this story, it is contextually weak and attempts to tell a story as an epic film but was completely underfunded with severe weakness behind the camera.
 
It is a thin narrow slice of a story in Mexican history that needed to be told but they could have manipulated outlets like the Discovery Channel or the History Channel to pre-tell the story so people would understand it better.
 
I'll go see it but I am expecting about as much from this movie as I got from "El Cantante" which was "That's it?".

3 posted on 05/31/2012 7:41:27 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live athrough it anyway)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Vendome

Um, they’re not talking about Andy Garcia. The article is about Eduardo Verastegui. Sorry if I spoiled your outrage...


4 posted on 05/31/2012 7:53:26 AM PDT by stormer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: stormer

Sorry if you didn’t read the article or have a problem with comprehension but, I don’t recall you being a regular provocateur seeking relevance.

I commented on Andy Garcia’s recollection, which was quoted in the 3rd paragraph saying “I so felt embarrassed that I didn’t know this period of time in my own country,”.

He ain’t Mexican by a Texas mile...


5 posted on 05/31/2012 8:15:56 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live athrough it anyway)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

I’m aware of the Cristero revolt, but its hard to find out much about it.

A friend told me that its something people don’t like to talk about. He did say, the popular memory is of generals hunting down priests to execute them and general’s wives hiding them and holding services in secret.


6 posted on 05/31/2012 8:19:26 AM PDT by marron
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Vendome

Read it again...


7 posted on 05/31/2012 8:20:57 AM PDT by stormer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Vendome
Verástegui noted that Flores is “called the Mexican Gandhi because he was a peacemaker.” And despite his Mexican upbringing, the actor hadn’t heard of this incredible story before someone asked him about it in Los Angeles. “I so felt embarrassed that I didn’t know this period of time in my own country,” he said.
8 posted on 05/31/2012 8:21:21 AM PDT by marron
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: stormer

You having problems reading quotes? Or suffering from CRS?


9 posted on 05/31/2012 8:25:50 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live athrough it anyway)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: marron
And despite his Mexican upbringing, the actor hadn’t heard of this incredible story before someone asked him about it in Los Angeles. “I so felt embarrassed that I didn’t know this period of time in my own country,” he said.
 
Dude is an American of Cuban descent.  He lived in Miami during his childhood.
 
What part of this are not getting?

10 posted on 05/31/2012 8:30:51 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live athrough it anyway)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Vendome

If anyone is having a comprehension problem here, it’s you.


11 posted on 05/31/2012 8:33:37 AM PDT by stormer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: stormer

“I’m rubber, your glue...”????

LOL

So you refuse to acknowledge Andy Garcia is not Mexican and his statement is incongruous with his known life?

Guess it’s Thursday.


12 posted on 05/31/2012 8:40:01 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live athrough it anyway)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Vendome
I don't think you're serious at this point, but I'll play one more time.

Verástegui noted that Flores is “called the Mexican Gandhi because he was a peacemaker.” And despite his Mexican upbringing, the actor hadn’t heard of this incredible story before someone asked him about it in Los Angeles. “I so felt embarrassed that I didn’t know this period of time in my own country,” he said.

Verástegui is the actor in question. Verástegui is Mexican. He is also a devout Christian. He's one of the good guys.

13 posted on 05/31/2012 8:44:54 AM PDT by marron
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Vendome

The story is not about Andy Garcia.


14 posted on 05/31/2012 8:46:54 AM PDT by stormer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: marron
These are just a few links that might answer your question.

Cristero War

Cristero Rebellion: part 1 - toward the abyss

Cristero Rebellion: part 2: the combat phase

The Cristero Rebellion

There are tens of thousands more.

I plan to see the movie this Saturday

15 posted on 05/31/2012 8:50:32 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Vendome
Andy Garcia is in this movie, but this article is not about him, but rather about Eduardo Verastegui.
16 posted on 05/31/2012 8:58:17 AM PDT by xsmommy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Vendome
Vendome,

Stormer and Marron are right, on this one. At the risk of being tedious, here's the text:

[...] And although the Cristero War was an important event in that nation’s history, many Mexicans don’t learn about it in public school because it embarrasses the government, according to actor Eduardo Verástegui.” But Verástegui’s newest film For Greater Glory attempts to tell the story of that important war. I recently talked to the young actor [Garcia is 56 years old, and Verastegui is 38; so "actor = young", and it'd be odd to call a 56-year-old man "young"... no offense to seasoned FReepers!] about the true story behind the film, the cause of religious freedom and why he enjoys playing heroes.

Glory focuses on an atheist general, played by Andy Garcia, who is recruited to lead an army of Christians who were fighting for the freedom to practice their religion. In the film, Verástegui plays Anacleto González Flores,[Note that the author mentions Garcia briefly, then switches quickly back to Verastegui, the subject of the article, and doesn't switch again.] [...]

And despite his Mexican upbringing [Verastegui was definitely born and raised in Mexico], the actor [Verastegui is the only one who's called "the actor", in the entire article.] hadn’t heard of this incredible story before someone asked him about it in Los Angeles. “I so felt embarrassed that I didn’t know this period of time in my own country,” he said. But he researched the story and as he did, he became intrigued. “I got very passionate when I saw this dark period of Mexico where more than 200,000 people died in a very horrible way,” he said.

“I learned [still talking about Verastegui, who remedied his admitted ignorance (about which he felt so embarrassed) by "learning"] and I discovered that the reason why public schools [didn’t teach] these historical facts was because it was an embarrassment to the government.” But Verástegui believes that the government should embrace the darkest chapters in its past. “Let’s bring the wound out,” he said about teaching the story in schools, “let’s heal it, let’s go back in history, let’s learn from the mistakes that we commit so we don’t do that again…” When discussing the timeliness of the film, the actor [...]" [You get the idea.]

Don't you find it a bit suspicious that Garcia would allegedly "make up" such an easily provable lie? Isn't the simpler explanation--that the article is talking about (and quoting from) the Mexican actor Verastegui--more plausible than the idea that Garcia (who was mentioned only once, obliquely, and who was never interviewed in the article) was somehow spinning a transparently absurd yarn about a fake upbringing, and for no good reason which could possibly benefit him at all?
17 posted on 05/31/2012 9:02:45 AM PDT by paladinan (Rule #1: There is a God. Rule #2: It isn't you.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: stormer; xsmommy; marron

I got it.

Dang I’m stoopit sometimes.

You are correct. Andy is not quoted in the film but rather it is another actor Eduardo Verastegui who is.

My apologies and now I’m off to get spanked by whatever else the day brings.

Not a good beginning.

I will read an article in it’s entirety before quoting....
I will read an article in it’s entirety before quoting....
I will read an article in it’s entirety before quoting....
I will read an article in it’s entirety before quoting....
I will read an article in it’s entirety before quoting....
I will read an article in it’s entirety before quoting....
I will read an article in it’s entirety before quoting....
I will read an article in it’s entirety before quoting....
I will read an article in it’s entirety before quoting....
I will read an article in it’s entirety before quoting....
I will read an article in it’s entirety before quoting....
I will read an article in it’s entirety before quoting....
I will read an article in it’s entirety before quoting....
I will read an article in it’s entirety before quoting....
I will read an article in it’s entirety before quoting....

Just 400 something more to go.............


18 posted on 05/31/2012 9:05:52 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live athrough it anyway)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: paladinan

LOL

I got it and I am in the middle of self flagellating with a cat of nine tails.

See my post above.


19 posted on 05/31/2012 9:07:28 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live athrough it anyway)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Vendome

:) Been there, done that, FRiend! No worries...


20 posted on 05/31/2012 9:11:09 AM PDT by paladinan (Rule #1: There is a God. Rule #2: It isn't you.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Thanks for the links. I’ve seen the old photographs, and knew from friends that it was centered in Jalisco but didn’t know much more.

I also knew from reading history that the Mexican Revolutionary leaders that eventually assumed power were probably worse than the government they overthrew. Calles being one example out of several. I read Greene’s book, too, and read the history of the birth of PAN party, which was also a reaction to the anti-church prejudice of the ruling party.

Mexico has always fascinated me.


21 posted on 05/31/2012 9:18:17 AM PDT by marron
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: Vendome
The author is talking about Eduardo Verástegui, not Andy Garcia who was born and raised in Cuba.

Eduardo Verástegui is the one who was born and raised in Mexico

22 posted on 05/31/2012 9:26:36 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: EmilyGeiger

I plan on seeing the movie on Saturday afternoon.


23 posted on 05/31/2012 9:29:20 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Vendome

Quite alright. I liked being thought of as a “provocateur seeking relevance”.


24 posted on 05/31/2012 9:31:30 AM PDT by stormer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

Comment #25 Removed by Moderator

To: Vendome
Absolutely all of the quotes are Verástegui’s. Absolutely none of the quotes are Garcia's.
26 posted on 05/31/2012 9:59:05 AM PDT by Excellence (9/11 was an act of faith.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: stormer

I am just too full of myself sometimes.....


27 posted on 05/31/2012 10:07:41 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live athrough it anyway)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: Vendome
Just 400 something more to go.............

See you went to Catholic school too.

28 posted on 05/31/2012 10:09:59 AM PDT by Wilum (Never loaded a nuke I didn't like)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: Wilum

Naw. Got a Jewish friend who constantly puts me on a guilt trip....

Hmm, I’m thinking Chinese food for lunch....

LOL


29 posted on 05/31/2012 10:18:28 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live athrough it anyway)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: marron

this movie was released in Mexico a month ago. I saw it. It is well made. Lots of characters and well made. Of corse, some of the Americans are seen as after the Mexican oil, but others are seen as supporters of the cause...The actor Edwardo has been making family friendly movies since converting to prolife. He made an anti abortion moviea called Bella. He recently made family movie called Little Boy here in Baja. A WW2 movie about a kid looking for his father after the war in Japan. Edwardo is not without controversy because of his connection with Ricky Martin when he was younger. There were rumors here in Mexico about a gay connection. Go see the movie, not too many movies that declares “Christo vive”, Christ lives. It is a battle cry in the movie.


30 posted on 05/31/2012 10:39:30 AM PDT by cromero (Lead, Follow or Get out of the Way)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: marron

this movie was released in Mexico a month ago. I saw it. It is well made. Lots of characters and well made. Of corse, some of the Americans are seen as after the Mexican oil, but others are seen as supporters of the cause...The actor Edwardo has been making family friendly movies since converting to prolife. He made an anti abortion moviea called Bella. He recently made family movie called Little Boy here in Baja. A WW2 movie about a kid looking for his father after the war in Japan. Edwardo is not without controversy because of his connection with Ricky Martin when he was younger. There were rumors here in Mexico about a gay connection. Go see the movie, not too many movies that declares “Christo vive”, Christ lives. It is a battle cry in the movie.


31 posted on 05/31/2012 10:39:42 AM PDT by cromero (Lead, Follow or Get out of the Way)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: cromero
not too many movies that declares “Christo vive”, Christ lives. It is a battle cry in the movie.

Worth the price of admission right there.

32 posted on 05/31/2012 10:53:17 AM PDT by marron
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: Vendome

It’s refreshing on FR to see someone good-naturedly admit their error and accept punishment. ; )


33 posted on 05/31/2012 2:20:14 PM PDT by xsmommy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: xsmommy

I deserve a spanking...


34 posted on 05/31/2012 8:41:37 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live athrough it anyway)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: Vendome

Fifty shades of vedome? LOL!


35 posted on 06/01/2012 12:44:23 PM PDT by xsmommy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: xsmommy

You bet! LOL


36 posted on 06/01/2012 1:56:51 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live athrough it anyway)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson