From the writer of "Rudy" and "Hoosiers" comes "My All American," the inspirational real-life account of University of Texas football player Freddie Steinmark, whose life was cut short by cancer, but whose legacy endures to this day.
Steinmark was a committed Christian who believed in the power of prayer and whose brief life impacted many. In this exclusive faith featurette, lead actors Finn Wittrock ("All My Children," "Unbroken"), Aaron Eckhart ("Dark Knight," "Olympus Has Fallen") and writer and director Angelo Pizzo talk about the impact Steinmark has made on their own lives. See below:
Although faith was a vital part of his life, Freddie Steinmark didn't force his beliefs on others. In "My All American" the sports figure is portrayed by actor Finn Wittrock, who told The Christian Post that Steinmark's core values set him apart from others. Wittrock asserted that people who knew the former Longhorn football player called him the "best person" they had ever known.
In the film, Steinmark's zest for life is contagious. Wittrock even noted the inspirational character's impact on his own life, saying that playing Steinmark was "a very healthy thing" for him "mentally and spiritually."
Aaron Eckhart plays Steinmark's coach, Darrell Royal, the character with which the movie begins and ends. Eckhart said he wanted to be involved with the film because of its positive message.
"He [Steinmark] stood strong in his beliefs and that's a good message right there, that's a good example for kids today. I think, if anything, Freddie's example as a respectful, well-mannered, humble, appreciative, loving kid is something that every kid needs to see."
"My All American" is in theaters now. For more information, visit myallamerican.com
Watch the film's trailer below.