*Affirm Originals and Pure Flix have released a new movie, “Legacy Peak” a fun and action-packed adventure. The film follows Jason, who goes through an experiment to win the hearts of his girlfriend Noelle’s children before they get married.
The plan for them to fly to her parents’ cabin days before she is due to finish work quickly falls apart, and the adventure turns into a struggle for survival before this new family can start a life. together.
Confessional movie stars Lucas Black (“Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift”), Kyleigh M. Bakker (“Strange Friends”), Roman Engel, Todd Terry (“justification”), and Ina Baron. The film was directed and produced by Aaron Burns (“Overcomer”).
“Being a dad is the greatest privilege and honor of my life, but I know I couldn’t do it without my faith in Jesus and following the pattern God gave me for fatherhood,” the actor said. Lucas Black, who plays Jason in the film. “This movie is about what true fatherhood is like – it’s messy and chaotic and takes so much patience and grace. But in the end, the lessons learned and the bonds created are unbreakable.
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EURweb spoke to actor Lucas Black about taking a break from Hollywood, his faith and the idea of trust.
EURweb: You’ve done a lot of mainstream Hollywood movies and TV shows. What made you want to make a religious film?
Lucas Black: Excellent question. “Legacy Peak” was an answered prayer for my family and me. I did 125 episodes on “NCIS: New Orleans”; I left in the fall of 2019 and decided to take a year off and reflect [and] connect with my heavenly Father and seek him. Also, connect with my wife and kids and spend time together as a family traveling across the country. We went to 14 states in 2020. During all the chaos, we decided we were always going to stick to our plan and travel, so we did. We prayed a lot for the next step. There has been a huge culture shift in our country, and I was praying that God might use me to positively impact people to make a difference here in our culture and how he might use my platform, and we went to a homeschool convention in Houston, Texas. There was a pastor from Loveland, Colorado; his name was Eric Ludy. And he’s one of the co-producers of Legacy Peak. We were talking about the Lord and homeschooling, and he said, “Hey, I got a friend who wrote a script you might be interested in, and that guy was Aaron Burns, who directed and co-directed. writes “Legacy Peak. About three months later, he sends me the script, and I read it, and I don’t tell my wife about it; I ask her to read it. When she’s finished reading it, she comes to me with tears in her eyes and says, “I don’t know why you shouldn’t be part of this project.
It’s just a huge answer to prayer for us. I had no representation then, I had no agent [or] manager, so this project was born in an unorthodox way; God somehow orchestrated it all. I knew it would put fathers in a good light. Hopefully they would be uplifted and encouraged by watching this story; it was just a blessing. It was just a blessing to have this project on my lap and to play a character that, that I can use, you know, masculine traits to provide and protect the innocent and put fathers in a good light is something that is needed right now in our culture.
EURweb.com: You get so many points. Many in the faith community feel that society is allowing the destruction of the education system by what school boards allow in schools.
KG: We started homeschooling in 2018, which was a huge blessing. We have seen what is happening right now, especially in the last two or three years, in our government run education system; it’s just awful. As parents, we must mobilize, be bold and become more involved in the education of our children. We need to make our voices heard because this is unacceptable. Our family values and our Christian values are [under] offensive; he is attacked. We need to step up. We have been complacent for too long. We’ve experienced it so well in this country, but now it’s squarely before our eyes, and we have to do something about it.
EURweb.com: Your character relies on faith and survival skills throughout this film. What do you use to brave the elements of life?
KG: It’s a great question. I love it. I think the main thing I love about Jason’s character is that he goes to God first. Throughout the film he says a few prayers, and they are short prayers, but he turns to his Heavenly Father for help. He realizes that he is under His authority. So every time in life that we go through a struggle, a trial, that we have to go to him, we have to go to him in prayer, we have to communicate with him and open the heavens and connect with him and bring Here on Earth, it’s a powerful thing, the power of prayer.
It’s one of the most powerful things we can do, and so I love that about Jason and his character. You have to step up and try; you cannot be passive, and you cannot be held back by fear. That’s what I love about Jason and his character and “Legacy Peak.” When he faces some adversity, he steps in and uses what God has given him to try to help the situation, and that’s something I try to implement in my life as well.
EURweb.com: Jason has a favorite handwriting that helps him through the tough part of his life. Do you have a favorite scripture that you go to when life gets a little complicated?
KG: There are so many. If I had to pick one, I’m thinking right now, for me; this is Ephesians 6. The Apostle Paul talks about putting on the full armor of God so that we can face the devil’s plans [and] can conquer them. It’s one of my favorites because we’re in a spiritual battle. It talks about being in spiritual warfare and that our warfare is not against flesh and blood, so that’s great writing for me. We need to stand up and speak the truth with love because right now we can see the truth being twisted. The enemy, the devil, is on the attack. He tries to deceive us, just like when he tempted Jesus in the desert. He uses parts of scripture and twists it to deceive us, to make us believe his ways are best, so we need to know the word of God and point people to the truth.
EURweb.com: Jason is with his girlfriend’s kids, and they have to learn to trust each other. Are you a trustworthy person?
KG: That’s something you should probably ask my wife. But I have to say I am. I try to be as honest as possible all the time. I tried to build that trust with my kids. I think it’s important for us as parents to be transparent with our children. When our emotions get the better of us and we deceive ourselves, we react in a way that is unloving. We have to come to them, tell them we’re sorry and ask for forgiveness. It builds trust. They recognize that, so I think transparency is an important part of building trust with those you love, especially in your immediate family and with your children. So it’s something that I try to implement in my life. What I love about Legacy Peak is that Jason realizes that throughout this journey that they’re on in the desert, he opens up to the kids and becomes transparent, he tells them about his past and what he struggles with, and they love him for it in a way he probably didn’t realize.
EURweb.com: Why do you think trust is hard to establish and easily broken?
KG: It’s difficult. I think there’s probably something inside of us that we’re a little on guard because of our insecurities. Maybe there’s pain in our lives that we’ve been through, and it’s hard to forgive. I feel like forgiveness is one of those things that we can’t solve on our own, and I’ve always felt like it takes the power of God. Jesus Christ must enter our hearts for us to forgive someone.
If we cling to this bitterness, it will accumulate in us, so it will be difficult for us to trust someone if we have not forgiven someone who has offended us. We live in a fallen world, and so we are going to meet people who are not trustworthy. I think it’s okay. I think we should be on our guard. But we have to be discerning, we have to be wise, and we have to choose our words carefully, make sure we are speaking words of life so that we don’t lose that trust quickly.
“Legacy Peak” is one of 10 original movies and series premiering exclusively on Pure Flix in 2022. For more info, head here.