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Christian actress Sarah Drew makes film debut in powerful 'Radio'comment (0)

October 28, 2004

As the debate within Christianity goes on concerning what Christians should do with secular movies, 23-year-old actress Sarah Drew is getting out of the Christian bubble to bring light to Hollywood.

    An evangelical Christian and daughter of a Presbyterian minister, Drew makes her feature film debut in "Radio," released in theaters Oct. 24. "Radio" is the story of James Robert "Radio" Kennedy (Cuba Gooding Jr.), a developmentally disabled young man who is befriended by the local high school football coach Harold Jones (Ed Harris). Drew costars as Mary Helen Jones, the sensitive daughter of Coach Jones.

In the movie, which was inspired by a true story, Coach Jones notices Radio hanging around his team's practice field.

    After catching some of his players scaring Radio, Jones invites Radio to help the team by cleaning gear and filling water bottles. Through the relationship, the coach ends up alienating his family and others in the community.

    One of the movie's powerful subplots examine how Jones' relationships with his wife and daughter suffer as he sacrifices time with them to help Radio.

    Initially, Mary Helen wishes her father would spend more time with her and not Radio. She later learns important lessons about helping people as well as her dad's motives as she watches him help Radio through difficult times. "This movie's about love, redemption and acceptance," Drew said. (EP)

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