And for Landon, the project is also as much a personal endeavor as a professional one as it serves as a tribute to the legacy of his famous father, Michael, (better known as Pa Ingalls to most) someone he describes as “my everything.”

“I grew up on the genre of the prairie era through the TV show ‘Little House on the Prairie,'" which was my favorite of my father’s work. So when I was introduced to these books, I couldn’t help but be fascinated.”

Following in his father’s footsteps as a champion of family-friendly entertainment, Landon Jr. has also committed to not repeat his father’s mistakes, namely the affair his father had while working on “Little House on the Prairie” – an event that brought a devastating end to the happy family life he’d always known. As a result of seeing the downfall of someone he respected so much, not to mention the sadness of his mother, Landon Jr. rebelled in his teen years via the usual trappings of alcohol and drug abuse before wholeheartedly committing his life to Christ.

Now as a husband and father of three, Landon Jr. was inevitably drawn to the Clark’s character in "Love’s Long Journey" because he “embodies everything I want to be as a husband and father.

“It’s unusual to find a male role model these days who actually prays and lives out his faith in a way that’s evident to everyone,” Landon Jr. says, “I think that’s something that people who watch will certainly want to aspire for, too.”

When it comes to entertainment, particularly what his children are allowed to watch, he’s also no less passionate. “By today’s standards, we’re [Landon Jr. and his wife] over the top. The kids are constantly on us on how their friends have seen this movie and that movie, and we don’t allow them to,” Landon Jr. says. “So I’m now involved with a product called Maxplay. It’s a DVD player that filters films for your family’s viewing. It’s really amazing technology that actually removes sexual content, offensive language and violence from your DVD. It’s amazing how most Hollywood movies can be a really good story without all the unnecessary junk in there.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.


Starring Erin Cottrell, Logan Bartholomew, William Morgan Sheppard, and James Tupper, "Love's Long Journey" premieres on DVD on Tuesday, March 14, 2006, from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.     

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