James Patrick “Jim” Caviezal, born 26th September 1968, is an American actor who is best known for his role as Jesus Christ in the 2013 film, The Passion of the Christ, an experience that left a deep impression on him. In 1996, Caviezel married Kerri Browitt, a high school English teacher. They have adopted three children with special needs. They are both devout Catholics and they are active in the Pro-Life campaign. Caviezel has been a featured public speaker at various religious venues since the release of The Passion of the Christ.
Jim Caviezel, who portrayed Jesus Christ in the 2004 film “The Passion of the Christ,” opened up in a recent interview about how Hollywood snubbed him after his portrayal of Jesus.
“All of a sudden I stopped being one of five most popular actors in the studio, and I hadn’t done anything wrong. I just played Jesus,” Caviezel told Polish film critic Lukasz Adamski.
Caviezel added that everyone has their cross to bear, and that judgment is waiting for everyone.
“Was I personally affected by this rejection? Well, everyone has their cross to bear,” he said. “The world changes … but I will not be in this world forever. Neither will the producers from Hollywood. At some point, everyone will have to answer for what they have done.
Caviezel portrayed Jesus when he was 33 years old and said he believed that it meant something for him to portray Jesus at the same age that he was crucified, and didn’t consider it a coincidence that the two shared the same initials.
“Don’t you tell me it was a coincidence!” he said. “There are no coincidences. I keep hearing about ‘accidents’ and ‘strokes of luck.’ Secularization affects the entire world, including the USA. Only atheists believe in coincidence.”
He continued, and affirmed his faith by calling out naysayers who are of the world, and not just in this world. “There are no coincidences for God,” he said. “Even when God resurrects the dead, they will say it happened by accident.”
The actor noted that despite working in Hollywood, it never tainted his faith — on the contrary, it made it stronger.
“I’ve never forgotten that the name of Jesus is above all else,” he said. “It is also the most controversial name of all times. Love is controversial and he impersonates love. Jesus was telling the Romans about love and they killed him because of that. ‘Who is that man to tell me what kind of person I’m supposed to be?’ – they asked arrogantly. He was betrayed by his own people and abandoned by everyone. My duty was not only to show it all on the screen. My real duty is to live in accordance with the gospel every day and to give witness to the truth.” Read on…
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you” – (Matthew 5:11-12).