'Utopia' Film Shows Success Gained Through Christ

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UTOPIA, Texas -- "Seven Days in Utopia," a new movie starring Robert Duvall and Lucas Black, is currently in production. The movie is about golf, fly-fishing and finding faith in Christ.

In his latest role, 80-year-old Duvall plays an eccentric Texas rancher who takes a young professional golfer, played by Black, under his wing, and helps him see that there's much more to life than just golf.

"It's a good part...guy has a lot of humanity," Duvall said.

In the movie, based on the book, Golf's Sacred Journey, Black's character suffers an embarrassing performance during a golf tournament and finds himself looking for answers.

CBN News asked Black about his character's journey of faith.

"Well, it's a long and hard one for him," Black responded. "He has a huge meltdown before he comes to Utopia. He comes here and is greeted with great peace and love from all the people in this town. And when he leaves Utopia, he's a changed man."

The film includes a river scene where Johnny, played by Robert Duvall, teaches some life lessons to Luke, the pro-golfer through the art of fly-fishing.

"We come out here to the river to learn about rhythm, balance and patience in the golf swing," Black said while preparing to shoot the scene.

"It kind of tests him and shows him the correlation between pressure and how to deal with pressure and how to control your emotions," Duvall said.

Although Johnny is a wise man, Duvall said his character is not perfect.

"We changed things, because I said Johnny is a little too white bread," Duvall said. "There's only one Jesus Christ. Give him some demons. So they gave me some."

Dr. David Cook, the book's author, also helped to write the screenplay. Cook said the movie is about golf, but more about finding true success through Jesus Christ.

"It's about an invasion of God that changes a man or a woman's life," Cook said. "That's what it's really about. And at the end of the movie, it shows what life looks like in the performance setting when you have the real answer. You play with peace. You play with confidence. You play in a different way and in fact, you play better."

"Seven Days in Utopia" is scheduled to be released in theaters in 2011.

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