More on "To Save a Life"
By Carla Hinton
|Saturday, January 16, 2010
Edition: CITY, Section: LIFE, Page 1D
Randy Wayne can empathize with his alter ego, Jake Taylor, the popular teen character at the center of the new movie “To Save a Life.”
The actor, who graduated from Moore High School, said he thinks most people will find a character they can relate to in the feature film set to premiere Friday in theaters.
That may be why the faith-themed movie already has amassed a following across the country, as word-of-mouth from screenings helps spread information about the film.
The movie is a partnership between Samuel Goldwyn Films and Outreach Films. The film has inspired a soundtrack featuring contemporary Christian group NewSong and a nonfiction book designed to help teens in crisis.
Wayne said he initially rejected the movie’s script without really reading it because he had been told it had a low budget.
When his agent urged him to give the script a more thorough reading, Wayne said he loved it.
“I thought it was amazing, that I’d do it for free,” he said during a telephone interview from his Los Angeles home.
Wayne said the movie attracted him because it has “heart” — with a relevant message not just about the tragedy that befalls one of the characters but about combating real-life issues such as self-centeredness, cliques and apathy.
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