The film focuses mainly on that challenging journey to faith for Long, with a gritty and powerful performance by Mark Wahlberg, as well as by Mel Gibson who plays his father, an equally rough character. The film is getting a lot of advance rave reviews in the Catholic world, though it is R-rated due to the bad language, which underscores the life and behavior of Long – and his father – before both of their conversions.
Wahlberg, a practicing Catholic, heard about the story of Fr. Stu Long from a priest he knows, and after more research about Fr. Stu, he was so inspired by it that he decided to have a movie made about Fr. Stu, and put up all, or most, of the money to make it.
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