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Eduardo Verastegui’s highly anticipated ‘Little Boy’ hits theaters

Little Boy is a heartwarming tale of a little boy who sets out to bring his father back from WWII.
Eduardo Verastegui has been very successful in Hollywood recently.

Mexican-American actor Eduardo Verastegui’s ‘Little Boy” hits theaters Friday, April 24th. (IMAGE COURTESY OF AXELLE/BAUER-GRIFFIN/FILMMAGIC)

Mexican-American actor and former telenovela heartthrob, Eduardo Verastegui, has had his hands full with the promotion of his film ‘Little Boy’.

He’s been doing press all across the U.S. talking about his work in the film. 40-year-old Verastegui stars as “Father Crispin” in “Little Boy” but also worked as one of the film’s producer.

(Other producers in “Little Boy” include Leo Severino, Alejandro Monteverde, Emilio Azcarraga, Bernardo Gomez, Micky Ohare and Sean Wolfington, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey.)

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“It’s a big fairy tale for adults told through the eyes of a little kid that’s eight years old,” said Verastegui in an interview with Press Pass Latino. “And it’s set in World War II in a little town in California in the ’40s.”

According to an article on Variety, “Little Boy” is the story of a young boy who journeys out to achieve the impossible: to bring his father back from World War II. Verastegui has offered complimentary tickets to WWII veterans to show his gratitude and share the ‘healing power’ of ‘Little Boy’ with them.

The film’s cast includes Emily Watson, Tom Wilkinson, Kevin James, David Henrie, Michael Rapaport, Cary Tagawa, Ted Levine and Jakob Salvati, the 7-year-old lead actor.

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'Little Boy' produced by Eduardo Verastegui hits theaters April 24th.

‘Little Boy’ a film about an eight-year-old boy, who sets out to bring his father back home from World War II, hits theaters Friday, April 24th. (Open Road Films)

Verastegui, who recently collaborated with “Little Boy” costar Kevin James on film “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2”, quickly enlisted James to work on his project.

“I told him [Kevin James] my dream as an independent filmmaker is to have big stars in my movies, is there any way you can do two or three scenes in ‘Little Boy’ and he said ‘Eduardo, I love your community, I love the Latino community brother and I’m gonna do it and I’m gonna help you,” explained Verastegui to PPL.

“He came to the set in Rosarito, Mexico, and we became even bigger friends.”

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Producing ‘Little Boy’ has been a special project for Verastegui, it’s a film deeply rooted in faith. Verastegui himself is an openly devout Catholic and often posts about his religion on social media.

In 2006, Verastegui and Alejandro Monteverde co-produced abortion drama “Bella”.

In a Washington Times article Verastegui said: “…The great majority of Latinos that come into this country are people working a lot of hours who want to serve. I made a promise that I would never again use my talents to offend my faith, my family or my ethnic culture. I want to portray real heroes, people who always are trying to do the right thing.”

He added: “As a filmmaker, I believe that art has the power to heal and to bring people together,” he said. “And that’s ‘Little Boy.’ It’s designed to bring people together. It’s designed to wake up the little boy we all have in our hearts.”


Daysi Calavia-Robertson has a BA in Mass Communications from Florida International University. Her articles have appeared in The Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald, The Sun-Sentinel, The South Florida Times and The Huffington Post. She's also conducted entertainment reporting segments on local television. No matter what the medium, Daysi believes in the power of storytelling.

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