‘Cristiada’ is a Passion Project for Eva Longoria Parker

At a Mexico City press conference for her latest movie, Cristiada, Eva Longoria (who co-stars with Andy Garcia) told reporters in Spanish: “Sorry about my Spanish.  I was born in the United States, but I’m Mexican to the core.”

We believe her. You’d have to feel big love for a country to spend 12 weeks filming in some of its most violent areas—Durango and Zacatecas, where brutal drug-related killings are rampant and journalists have been kidnapped (the film’s producers say there was plenty of security for the stars). But that’s what Eva did for Cristiada, which just wrapped.

The movie, like Eva, is multi-culti: a Mexican production made in English. Also shot in Mexico City and San Luis de Potosi, the film co-stars a boatload of Latino talent: Catalina Sandino Moreno, Eduardo Verastegui, Ruben Blades and Santiago Cabrera. Cristiada is about a 1920s uprising by Catholic rebels who were protesting the revolutionary government’s attempts to secularize the country. Andy Garcia will play General Gorostieta, the charismatic leader who organized the Cristero rebel army. Eva will play his wife Elena. The producers hope to release the movie stateside in early 2011.