Andy Garcia: You don’t have to be a Catholic to appreciate ‘For Greater Glory’

“About 90,000 people died in three years (1926-1929). There was torture, priests being hung from telegraph poles. It was a very ugly moment in Mexican history,” Garcia says of the conflict set off by the government’s persecution of Roman Catholics. “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.”

In the film, which opens Friday in the U.S. after its debut in Mexico, Garcia plays an atheist and retired decorated general who accepts an offer to lead the National League for the Defense of Religious Liberty in the war. He doesn’t share their religious fervor, but he does believe in the basic right of freedom.

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