On a recent episode of my Scottish podcast Simply Scottish, I sit down with Braveheart writer Randall Wallace, the OscarĀ®-nominated creative force behind the epic storytelling of such critical and box-office hits as Braveheart, We Were Soldiers, Pearl Harbor, Secretariat, and Heaven is For Real.

We discuss the trip to Scotland that inspired Randall to write the story of Scottish freedom fighter William Wallace. We also talk about his latest book Living the Braveheart Life: Finding the Courage to Follow Your Heart. Randall explains how all of us can live out the Braveheart roles of warrior, teacher, father, and even outlaw.

Randall also reveals how he became a master storyteller, and he recounts the hilarious story of an early job at Opryland managing a barnyard animal music show. He rounds out the conversation with thoughts on freedom, one of the main themes of Braveheart. As Wallace puts it in Braveheart: “Every man dies. Not every man really lives.”

Don’t miss this inspiring and thought-provoking chat with one of America’s preeminent cinematic storytellers!

Prefer to listen? Here’s Part 1 of the interview in audio format featuring stirring music by Elaine Meyer!

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