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Former senator Fred Thompson in Knoxville for screening of new movie 'Persecuted'

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"It shows what can happen when powerful people decide they want to get into religious business," Thompson said. "It shows what can happen when powerful people decide they want to get into religious business," Thompson said.
By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Hollywood stars came to Knoxville Wednesday night for a screening of the new movie "Persecuted," starring former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson, James Remar and Bruce Davison.

Regal Entertainment Group hosted the screening in Turkey Creek to benefit the children's charity Variety.

Thompson says the movie tackles some tough issues like freedom of religion.

"It shows what can happen when powerful people decide they want to get into religious business," Thompson said.

He says he wanted to be a part of the film because it's heartwarming, but also gets people thinking about their rights.

"No agenda other than reminding people freedom is not free and power tends to corrupt people," Thompson said.

Fan Sherry Spath says the movie shows the importance of integrity.

"I enjoyed the movie, it was very uplifting to see someone who stands up for what they believe in," Spath said.

All proceeds from the screening go to Variety.

"Variety was founded in 2001 and our mission is to serve underprivileged at risk children and children with special needs here in Eastern Tennessee," said Carol Fusco, executive director of Variety of East Tennessee.

"Persecuted" will be released nationwide on July 18th.
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