Eva Longoria, Andy Garcia talk 'For Greater Glory,' political impact (Video)
Eva Longoria and Andy Garcia say that even through their new historical war drama film "For Greater Glory" is set in the 1920s, it still relates to current events.
The movie chronicles the Cristeros War in Mexico, which pitted an atheistic Mexican government against religious Catholic citizens. Garcia plays General Enrique Gorostieta, a rebel leader, while Longoria plays his wife, Tulita.
"You see it now in a contemporary way, where you know, instead of all of these peasants and farmers in Mexico trying to get the word out from town to town secretly with messages, now its social media and Twitter," Longoria told OnTheRedCarpet.com correspondent Tony Cabera. "The uprising in Egypt, and Syria, and everywhere - it just happens a little more virally now, and immediate."
Longoria, 37, is known not only for her film career, but also for her philanthropic efforts. The actress is a self-proclaimed "political activist" and rallies for the rights of Hispanic-Americans. Her celebrity and political acticism caught the attention of the president - earlier this year, she was appointed as a co-chair of Barack Obama's re-election campaign.
Garcia, known for his work with films such as "The Untouchables," "Ocean's Twelve" and "The Godfather: Part III," felt similarly about the issues that plagued Mexico at the time. Like Longoria, he was able to relate the early issues that are chronicled in the film to current events.
"I think this movie obviously deals with the fight for religious freedom," Garcia said. "But the larger concept is the right for individuals to speak freely, to practice whatever religion they want, to organize, all for the things we cherish here in America. There's battles like this going on all over the world for those rights right now, and people laying their life down for those rights."
Garcia and Longoria are also set to appear together in the 2012 film "The Truth" alongside Forest Whitaker.
See the trailer for "The Greater Glory" below. The movie hit theaters on Friday, June 1.