I don’t pay much attention to film star Andy Garcia- never had much reason to- but when I read in this week’s “Universe” that “For Greater Glory” in which he plays the role of a Mexican Revolutionary War hero who comes out of retirement to lead a rag-tag assortment of “Cristeros”, Catholics fighting the anti-clerical policies of Plutarco Calles(aka “The Mexican Nero”) during the 1920s- the film is based on a true story apparently- I began to take notice. The film has broken box office records in Mexico apparently- coming just behind “Avengers Assemble”- and is due for general release on June 1.
Garcia, who of course of Cuban descent(like Gloria Estefan and Cameron Diaz) , believes that there are parallels between Calles’ Mexico and Castro’s Cuba( he is reportedly a devout Catholic and family man who shuns the fleshpots and celebrity cult of Hollywood)- not least therir desire to control or ideally eradicate Christian and specifically Roman Catholic faith withih their respective societies. In his “Universe” interview he notes the plight of the “Damas de Blanco” (Ladies in White) whose non-violent struggle against Castro’s Communist regime is almost totally ignored by the outside world.
My advice to you is to go and see “For Greater Glory”( "Desperate Housewives " star Eva Longoria acts as Garcia’s character’s wife inicdentally)- you won’t be disappointed- he starts out as not being very devout but as the struggle between Calles’ forces and the Cristeros heats up her grows ever more Catholic!