Faith to make movies about faith

Eduardo Verastegui is a man of many talents: singer, model, actor, producer, pro-life speaker. After a successful career in music as a young man, he began acting in Mexican telenovelas, earning the nickname “the Brad Pitt of Mexico”.

After moving to Hollywood to pursue a career in films he returned to the Catholic faith of his youth. Verastegui then co-founded Metanoia Films with Alejandro Gomez Monteverde and Leo Severino.

In 2006, the company released its first film, “Bella,” which was directed by Monteverde and starred VerÁstegui; it won the “People’s Choice Award” at the prestigious Toronto Film Festival.

Metanoia Films’ second film, “Little Boy”, opens tomorrow in theaters nationwide. It stars Jakob Salvati, David Henrie, Kevin James, Emily Watson, Ted Levine, Michael Rapaport, Ali Landry and Ben Chaplin, and is distributed by Open Road Films.

(You can read Catholic World Report’s review of the movie on the CWR blog.)

Verastegui spoke with Catholic World Report this week about his career, working in Hollywood, the success of “Bella”, the making of “Little Boy”, and the necessity of faith in every aspect of life.

CWR: When “Bella” was released in 2006, you said, “Hollywood doesn’t belong to the studios. Hollywood belongs to God.” How would you describe “Hollywood”? And what have you learned about it over the years?

Verastegui: Hollywood is a great platform that gives you an opportunity to send a message through art to the whole world; it’s like a megaphone—when you speak through a megaphone, like the megaphone of Hollywood, the whole world listens to you. But at the same time that can be very dangerous because anyone can go there and say whatever they want, but it does not mean that any message that comes forward is truth. Continue reading


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