Andy Garcia felt Greater Glory duty
Andy Garcia has revealed he felt a duty to make his new film For Greater Glory because the story of the Cristero War in Mexico seemed to have been forgotten.
The Godfather Part III star appears alongside Eva Longoria, Ruben Blades and Peter O'Toole in the historical film about the conflict set off by the Mexican government's persecution of Roman Catholics, which raged from 1926 to 1929.
Andy said: "About 90,000 people died in three years. There was torture, priests being hung from telegraph poles. It was a very ugly moment in Mexican history.
"The curious thing was I didn't know anything about it... And when I started to ask some Mexican friends... they didn't know anything about it."
Andy plays an atheist and retired decorated general who accepts an offer to lead the National League for the Defence of Religious Liberty in the war.
The Ocean's Eleven star admitted he was intrigued by For Greater Glory from the moment director Dean Wright and producer Pablo Jose Barroso gave him the script and the book, La Cristiada, by French historian and columnist Jean Meyer, who lives in Mexico.
He said: "It was easy to commit to do this movie because, aside from the curious fact that people don't know the story, or maybe that they don't want people to talk about this, the script, the concept of the film, was extremely classical... and I knew it was going to be a beautiful adventure."
Andy added: "I think that the overall essence is that freedom is a precious thing. People are fighting for freedom on a daily basis all around the world in contemporary society, and dying for it. This struggle has not gone away."