Mentorship is vital to actor Kevin Sorbo.
As the celebrity spokesperson for A World Fit for
Kids, which pairs children with positive adult
role models to inspire healthy living and behavior,
Sorbo has seen firsthand how life changing
the partnership can be, for both kids and mentors
alike. Perhaps that’s why he was drawn to
the script of the newly released faith-based movie
Abel’s Field. “I really loved the storyline of my
character Abel and of the teenager Seth,” Sorbo
says. “These are two people who never would’ve
met under any other circumstances. They have
nothing in common, yet they have everything
in common. They basically become mentors for
Abel’s Field is the story of Seth (played by Sam
Davis), a high school senior with the responsibility
of taking care of his two younger sisters.
After getting in a fight with the school’s football
players, the coach makes Seth work after school
with groundsman Abel to prepare the football
field for the big game. Five years in the making,
Director Gordie Haakstad believes the film
addresses the very universal themes of struggle,
loss, love, and mentorship in a three-dimensional
way. “It doesn’t sugar-coat anything
the characters are faced
with, but it also doesn’t shy
away from the humor that is in
tragedy,” he says.
“It’s not all shiny,” Sorbo adds.
“It’s a heavy drama, and Abel
is a heavy character to portray.
He’s a man of few words.
I’ve never been involved in a
script where I’ve had so few
words. Ultimately, this is a
story about redemption, about
having a second chance in
your life. Hopefully, it will help
people realize that it doesn’t
matter how successful you are
or how unsuccessful you are.
Everybody has ups and downs
in their lives. You have to find a
way to get through them.”
This article originally appeared in the April/May 2013 issue of FamilyFiction Edge digital magazine. Subscribe for free today!