Carole Mikita Reporting You have seen actor Sam Hennings in many feature films 'Star Trek:The Next Generation" and television shows 'ER', 'CSI', 'JAG', to name a few. But this character was one he says he could really sink his teeth into.
Sam Hennings, "Benjamin Steed": “I’ve always been attracted to doin’ these period pieces. And God has been nice enough to allow me to do such. I read the script and some background on it. I was immediately hooked.”
Veteran Hollywood actor, Sam Hennings plays Benjamin Steed, the dedicated husband and father whose family is torn apart by a new faith.
Benjamin Steed, Character in ‘The Work and the Glory’: "You and your ma wanna go and join a regular church and thump your bibles and say your prayers it's up to you. But when you start to take on evil, I'm drawing the line there."
Hennings insists the film is historically correct and that it was not made specifically for Latter-day Saints or with the intention of white-washing their faith.
Sam Hennings, 'Benjamin Steed': "I shot it as a 120-page script that gives us information about what went on in a town in 1825 in a central part of New York State with a lot of dilemma that's goin' on. Very similar to what's going on on this planet today."
He believes it will have appeal beyond the members of one church.
Sam Hennings: "When I talked to my friends in Los Angeles and New York, and so forth about it, and explain to them the story line, saying nothing whatsoever about the Mormons, everyone's saying my God, what a wonderful story. What a great idea."
Sam Hennings has another film coming out, Martin Scorsese's "The Aviator" with Leonardo DiCaprio and Cate Blanchett. Tomorrow meet Tiffany Dupont who plays Lydia McBride.