HOLLYWOOD, February 18, 2014 ( – Famed Catholic actor Eduardo Verastegui is calling on the governments of Iran and North Korea to release two men imprisoned for refusing to be quiet about their Christian faith.

The Hollywood actor, who portrays the voice of Jesus Christ in the Spanish version of the Mark Burnett film “Son of God,” to be released February 28, has penned a piece for Fox News calling for the release of American pastors Saeed Abedini and Kenneth Bae.

“When one man is persecuted for his faith, we're all persecuted. When a fellow Christian is suffering anywhere in the world because of his beliefs, I too am suffering,” wrote Verastegui.


“At this very moment in Iran, an America pastor named Saeed Abedini sits in a prison cell: his crime: refusing to be quiet about his faith in Jesus Christ. Across the globe in North Korea, another America named Kenneth Bae also a devout Christian languishes in a North Korean prison camp: his crime: also refusing to be quiet about his Christian faith,” the Christian movie star said.

Verastegui said he feels a special kinship with these persecuted men because they are imprisoned for doing just what he is doing – sharing their Christian faith in public.

“Fortunately for me, because I reside in the United States I can do so freely and the only ‘suffering’ I endure is the occasional snicker from a colleague in Hollywood that I’ve lost my mind to religion,” Verastegui said.

“But I can assure you that my mind is just as it always was,” he continued, “only it’s been renewed and with that renewal comes a special sensitivity to the suffering of my brothers and sisters around the world – especially those who suffer for doing nothing more than I’ve done with Son of God: telling a great story about a man of history who changed the world, then changed my life.”

Verastegui concluded with an appeal to the governments of Iran and North Korea “to release these two brave men as a gesture of love and forgiveness and for all governments around the world to respect the right of the Church to speak freely.”

“I also urge my friends in Hollywood to speak up in support of them as well,” he said, adding the warning that, “as the story has been told many times, unless we stand up for any human being who is unjustly suffering anywhere in the world, the enemies of human freedom may one day come for us and attempt to deny us those freedoms.”

Watch the trailer for the Mark Burnett film “Son of God” here.