According to actor Lucas Black, his new film Legacy Peak attempts to push back against Hollywood’s current negative male culture by doing something almost unheard of in current entertainment: presenting men, especially fathers, “in a good light”.
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Produced by Christian streaming service PureFlix, Legacy Peak tells the story of Jason (Black) as he tries to endear himself to the children of his girlfriend Noelle (Ina Barrón), Ben (Roman Engel) and Sam (Kyleigh Bakker), before becoming an official member of their family.
With a Christmas trip to a remote cabin with Noelle’s family on the horizon and hoping to bond with the kids, Jason offers to fly Ben and Sam to their lodging in his private plane, an offer they accept – the first enthusiastically, the second reluctantly.
Unfortunately, an in-flight accident forces the trio to make an emergency landing in the wilderness surrounding the titular Legacy Peak Mountain.
Alive but stranded, Jason, Ben and Sam eventually accept that their only hope for survival is to make the three-day trip to the cabin, and as such they soon set about trying their luck in the unforgiving wilderness. .
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Throughout their journey, Jason is shown to love and protect Ben and Sam as if they were his own – an increasingly rare quality in modern entertainment.
According to Black, best known for his roles as Sean Boswell in the Fast and Furious deductible (beginning with Tokyo Drift) and Special Agent Christopher Lasalle on NCIS: New Orleansit was this positive portrayal of fatherhood that drove him to bring the character to life on the big screen.
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“Legacy Peak is something [men] can sit and watch with their family and think ‘ahhh, this finally puts us in a good light and appeals to our manly qualities,’” the actor said during a recent interview with the famed film critic. Christian Toto.
“[The movie] shows the importance of an earthly father,” Black added. “It’s counter-cultural to the messages you hear today, especially in the realm of entertainment.”
It was after prolonged exposure to these messages, the actor said, that he finally “realized that there had been an attack, an attack on the nuclear family…an attack on the men in our culture. And it filters entertainment.
To that end, Black told Toto, “We need to have a strategy and a plan to combat this negative message about fathers and about men.”
Of course, as that concluded their discussion of the actor’s latest project, Toto couldn’t let Black go without at least some investigation into whether or not a potential return to the Quick franchise was in his future.
“I haven’t had any phone calls,” Black admitted. “I’m good however they decide. If they want me, I’ll read the script.
Legacy Peak is now streaming exclusively on PureFlix.
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