Movie ‘Reagan’ Shows How Faith Impacted 40th President’s life – Actor Chris Massoglia

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    Movie ‘Reagan’ Shows How Faith Impacted 40th President's life - Actor Chris Massoglia
    Movie ‘Reagan’ Shows How Faith Impacted 40th President's life - Actor Chris Massoglia

    Movie ‘Reagan’ Shows How Faith Impacted 40th President’s life – Actor Chris Massoglia

    Movie ‘Reagan’ Shows How Faith Impacted 40th President’s life – Actor Chris Massoglia

    Even while “Reagan” is not a religious-based film, actor Chris Massoglia, who plays famous Gospel Hall of Famer Pat Boone in the upcoming biopic, says it will highlight how faith shaped the late president’s life.

    Dennis Quaid will play Ronald Reagan in the first full-length feature film about the 40th president of the United States, which will be released in early 2023.

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    Along with Quaid and Massoglia, the cast features Penelope Ann Miller as Nancy Reagan, Mena Suvari as Jane Wyman, Moriah Peters-Smallbone as famed Cocoanut Grove vocalist Loyce Whiteman, Jon Voight as the KGB operative who tailed Reagan for decades, and many more.

    The film will depict many aspects of Reagan’s life prior to his presidency, including his work for Warner Bros., where he starred in films such as “Dark Victory,” “Knute Rockne, All American,” and “Kings Row.”

    It was during his time in Hollywood that he first met actor and gold recording artist Pat Boone.

    Movie ‘Reagan’ Shows How Faith Impacted 40th President’s life – Actor Chris Massoglia

    In a recent interview with The Christian Post, Massoglia said it was an “honor and privilege” to not only play Boone in “Reagan,” but “meeting and learning” from him as well.

    “He’s an amazing man and, of course, a phenomenal singer. Elvis once opened for him. How cool is that?” Massoglia said.

    Boone, who has his own star on the Hollywood walk of fame, shared stories about the times he was around Reagan to help Massoglia prepare for the role.

    Those stories consisted of “his friendship and encounters with Reagan,” Massoglia said.

    “We walked through my lines and moments in the film. I’ve never played a historical figure where you could actually talk to the person and ask them directly, ‘What was your thought process at this moment?’ That was really fun for me, and it helped as an actor to be even more in the mindset of the character.”

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    Boone, a professing Christian who often shares his faith, also offered some godly advice with Massoglia.

    “One of the things I asked Pat was about marriage since he mentioned it as one of his greatest accomplishments,” Massoglia added. “He said his faith and commitment to his wife were often mocked by those around him. He would just laugh though and shrug it off and say, ‘Hey, it’s working out pretty well for me, isn’t it?’”

    Movie ‘Reagan’ Shows How Faith Impacted 40th President’s life – Actor Chris Massoglia

    Boone’s words were something Massoglia found “really admirable.”

    “I am a born again, Spirit-filled, Bible-believing, Jesus follower,” Massoglia said. He maintained that Jesus “is the best friend you can have. He will always be there for you.”

    Although “Reagan” is a historical biopic and not categorized as a faith-based film, “faith appears naturally in key moments, especially through his mother, Nelle, who was very devout,” Massoglia told CP.

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    “She gives her son a book called That Printer of Udell’s, and Reagan sees himself in the main character of that book, a young man who finds God and goes to Washington to become a congressman.”

    The impact of that book “ends up shaping” Reagan’s life, he added.

    Joining producer Mark Joseph (“Space Cowboys”) at the helm of “Reagan” is director Sean McNamara and writer Howard Klausner. The pair also worked together on the inspiring film “Soul Surfer.”

    Movie ‘Reagan’ Shows How Faith Impacted 40th President’s life – Actor Chris Massoglia

    The movie was filmed in Oklahoma and California but was halted for a time due to a COVID-19 outbreak among the crew.

    The young actor said he grew to appreciate Reagan as he worked on the film.

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    “I wasn’t alive during his presidency but studying him and his impact, I have a great appreciation for Reagan and the America I inherited because of him,” he said. “This experience has given me a great appreciation for Reagan’s stand against communism and for the principles of freedom that he believed in.”

    He ended the interview by lauding Quaid as being “so good as Reagan,” adding, I can’t wait for everyone to see this film.”

    “It’s an inspiring and realistic portrait of one of our most consequential presidents, and I was honored to be asked to be a part of this film,” Massoglia added. “I appreciate that it shows the ups and downs of his life, the setbacks and the successes. My generation is cynical, and we don’t trust stories in which the main character is perfect.”

    For more information about “Reagan,” visit the film’s website.

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