Why Hollywood Dropped Jim Caviezel


Near the start of the new millennium, American
actor Jim Caviezel was one of the hottest heartthrobs in Hollywood. With starring roles in The Thin Red Line,
Frequency, The Count of Monte Cristo, and more, Caviezel seemed primed for a long, successful
Hollywood career. However, after taking on the career-defining
role of Jesus Christ in Mel Gibson’s controversial biblical drama The Passion of The Christ,
Caviezel’s big-screen career has been largely non-existent. So what happened? Hollywood reject According to Caviezel, accepting the title
role in The Passion of the Christ all but ensured the death of his Hollywood career. In fact, only minutes after Mel Gibson offered
him the role of biblical proportions, the director tried to talk him out of it. As Caviezel told one church congregation: “He said, ‘You’ll never work in this town
again.’ I told him, ‘We all have to embrace our crosses.'” But Caviezel claimed to care little for Hollywood
awards, accolades or the Walk of Fame and was willing to sacrifice his career for an
opportunity in Gibson’s interpretation of the story of Jesus, explaining: “Jesus is as controversial now as he has ever
been. Not much has changed in 2,000 years … We
have to give up our names, our reputations, our lives to speak the truth.” Of course, there’ve been others who’ve portrayed
the holy character on-screen and continued to have fruitful careers, so clearly, there’s
more to the story than that. Back to school After playing Jesus, Caviezel decided to enroll
in Spanish courses at the University of Notre Dame. He told the school’s Office of Public Affairs
and Communications: “I’m in the process of finally getting my
college degree. It’s like home here. Like family. Notre Dame was a no-brainer. I plan to be studying here when I’m not working.” Caviezel didn’t just study at Notre Dame. He also addressed students in the Grotto,
where he called on them to “Have the courage to step into this pagan world and shamelessly
express your faith in public.” He also attended football games and participated
in some student section crowd push-ups — so it wasn’t all business, at least. Love scenes lost Even though romance certainly sells, especially
in Hollywood, Caviezel’s unwillingness to film love scenes makes him an unattractive
bid for pretty much any movie aimed at adults. Caviezel told the New York Post in 2002: “I have a hard time getting naked on film. I don’t believe in it. I don’t think it’s right. In my faith, I’m taught that abstinence is
important… You’re never gonna see my butt on film unless
I’m in the Holocaust, walking around.” Caviezel did film a love scene with Jennifer
Lopez in 2001’s romantic drama Angel Eyes, but he made it clear from the get-go that
he wouldn’t be stripping down for the scene. He revealed: “I just said, ‘Look, put a top on her. I’m gonna keep my shorts on, she’s gonna keep
hers on. Get the camera and shoot around it.’ And that’s out of devotion, love, and respect
to my wife.” Something similar happened on the set of The
Count of Monte Cristo. Polish-American actress Dagmara Dominczyk
said: “Jim took me aside and said, ‘You know, I’m
married and very faithful.’ And I said, ‘Jim, it’s a Disney movie. I’m not gonna grab your crotch!'” Workplace and worship In 2006, Caviezel appeared in a controversial
anti-stem cell research commercial and kicked off the advertisement by using Aramaic words
to describe Judas’ betrayal of Christ. “Le-bar nash be-neshak” Scholars of the ancient language agree that
using the phrase effectively likens anyone supporting stem cell research to the biblical
traitor himself. He’s also been openly supportive of strongly
conservative politicians and refuses to try and separate his faith from his profession. As he told the Polish press in 2017: “People in Hollywood keep asking me why can’t
I separate my acting career from being a Catholic. My faith helps me to make the right choices.” The good news is, he’s had plenty of opportunities
to pursue religion-oriented work, including narrating a 2016 documentary about Pope John
Paul II and lining up to play Saint Luke in the upcoming biblical drama film Paul, Apostle
of Christ. Career resurrection? Caviezel’s most notable post-Passion role
was that of former CIA agent John Reese in the sci-fi crime drama Person of Interest,
which ran for five seasons on CBS. The show received generally positive reviews
and ratings during its run. Since the 2016 series’ finale, which hit a
ratings low for the show, Caviezel has yet to be seen again on the small screen, but
he may be heading back to where it all began and ended by starring in Mel Gibson’s follow-up
to The Passion of the Christ. He said of his return: “I won’t tell you how he’s going to go about
it, but I’ll tell you this much, the film [Gibson’s] going to do is going to be the
biggest film in history. It’s that good.” Considering both he and Mel Gibson have had
to work their ways back into the mainstream for different reasons, their reunion should
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100 Responses

  1. He loves you!

    November 20, 2019 7:02 am

    In short: He's a Christian. And Hellyweird doesn't like Christ nor those who follow Him. Oh well. We can live without Hellyweird. We can't live without Jesus Christ though.

    God bless you Jim.

  2. Mike Younis

    November 21, 2019 2:49 pm

    I'm not a Catholic… but I have to respect any man willing to uphold his faith and integrity in the face of being blacklisted in such a close knit and cut throat industry.

  3. kumar madhan

    November 22, 2019 11:38 am

    WTF is wrong with Hollywood? They glorify gangsters on screen and here's a guy who just played a character. What's the big deal? Hollywood so much of evilness? Sick!!

  4. Lilya Hazroyan

    November 22, 2019 2:17 pm

    USARMENIA. Jim. Вам. Всегда. Подходили. Герои. Тяжелые. и серезные. Роли. В. Которыми. Сияли. И. Ваши. Глаза. Всегда. Выражали. Какой-то секрет грусть мечту. или тоску. Может.быть но мне. Так. Всегда. виделис. Они. А игра ваша. Велеколепна. Браво👍🌟🌟🌟🌟🎬🇦🇲007

  5. Denyse Viney-Pez

    November 24, 2019 4:16 am

    Like he said we all have our crosses to bare , Times coming when we just might be finding out what we must bare for our own truths..What good is it to gain the world, just to lose you're soul?. Life is so much better with the Lord in it…..God bless Jim and his family he gives me strength. ..It's a rare person in Hollywood that closes the door to riches and fame I wish more would.

  6. Documentary Channel

    November 25, 2019 5:23 am

    Jim Caviezel is one of the best actors today and so much respect for him. I admired his courage to refuse a lovemaking scene in a movie because he doesn't want to hurt his wife and children and of course, his firm religious conviction.

  7. Lyudmila

    November 25, 2019 8:08 am

    What is so controversial about the film? The truth? In an interview to CBN I think Jim mentioned that they didn't even go full on with depicting the suffering and the scourging. Deal with it, whether you're a Christian or not, we crucified Jesus, an innocent soul.

  8. Brian Adriolo

    November 26, 2019 12:39 pm

    I love Jim. Both an amazing actor and human being. Shame he's considered an outcast because of his religion. I thought we all moved past that now.

  9. Sandra Duckett

    November 26, 2019 3:34 pm

    Mr. Caviezel I've watched many of the different movie projects you've been involved in and I so appreciate your work all I have to say is not to worry GOD is on the side of right and you should be in touch with Tyler Perry and forget those corrupt folks in Hollywood. May GOD continue to bless you.

  10. Nancy Bissell

    November 26, 2019 5:15 pm

    I am happy to see that this man leads by his faith in god and is respectable to his wife not Hollywood god and family always comes first

  11. Tink00067

    November 26, 2019 9:56 pm

    God Bless him for sticking to his convictions, especially since Hollywood is so eager to involve everyone in their sins. Whatever happened to good clean entertainment?

  12. Theresa Carmen

    November 28, 2019 1:13 am

    He's not really ready to attack adult roles and embrace the life of a an actor. Maybe he'll grow up before he looses his looks.

  13. Joyce McKennon

    November 28, 2019 3:11 am

    No matter what Hollywood has to say, Jim Caviezel is first and foremost a splendid human being and acting is secondary to his commitment to his family and faith.

  14. Betsy Hall

    November 29, 2019 12:07 am

    Good for him—we need more people like him!!!!! Hollywood wake up—there are Christians in the business!!!! Amen!!!!!!

  15. TBear300

    November 29, 2019 1:12 am

    Hollywood did the same thing the Gibson. They don’t like faith based movies. Hollywood wants to keep you in their satanic world.

  16. Major Major

    November 29, 2019 1:19 am

    Wow, if true this is one of the selfless acts I have seen from Hollyweird. True servant of the most high. Shows how much Satan owns in Tinsel town.

  17. Wojtek The Mighty

    November 29, 2019 7:29 pm

    "Generally positive reviews and ratings" – a massive understatement, look at rotten tomatoes or IMDB and you'll see how highly rated Person Of Interest actually is.

  18. Benjamin Rush

    November 29, 2019 8:20 pm

    Just Believe and express Jesus Christ as Lord & savior. Many will reject you and your light as they ejected Jesus. Amen.

  19. Charles Anthony

    November 30, 2019 2:51 am

    Faith is highly overrated. It allows some to believe anything as long as they're convinced it came from God. People don't have a problem with Jesus. The problem is the Bible. When people believe it is the inerrant, literal word of God they can interpret any verse to mean what they want it to say. That's when people die and others suffer.

  20. Kristina Starkie

    November 30, 2019 5:16 am

    Mel Gibson warned that his career will be affected if chose to play the part of Jesus. This young man is a true loving human being who loves his faith:) His initials even wows me (JC)

  21. WileyOne Kiser

    November 30, 2019 5:20 am

    Hollywood can't stand anything close to conservative. Anything that gets in the way of their destruction of American Values is quickly destroyed! But, as Jim Cavaziel shows real principled people can not be comprised like some like most of Hollywood. I mean, some of them really put the "Ho" in Hollywood

  22. George

    November 30, 2019 7:04 am

    He's so good he creeped me out in deja Vu. And frankly I loved person of interest. Never missed a show. I was pissed that the cancelled it. Personally I think it was shut down because it was hitting to close to home exposing the tech that's already out there. Hell the NSA and the Chinese have had the tech since the fourth year of the show. You don't think A.I. is only a recent thing do you? If we have any become aware it means it's been in operation for at least ten years.

  23. David Thompson

    November 30, 2019 6:19 pm

    How rare a actor with principals and integrity a real human being maybe the rest of Hollywood might learn something from his example.

  24. James Nielsen

    December 1, 2019 12:09 am

    The Hollywood "pretty people" are a narcissistic bunch of bullies and hypocrites. They need attention because they are soooo incomplete as people. Most of them could never do stage . So what do wimps and bullies do? They gang up!

  25. jb

    December 1, 2019 12:39 am

    In Hollywood it is perfectly acceptable to be a rapist,pedofile,scientologist or a communist,and it is certainly great to be Jewish, but a Christian. ?

  26. Shady 1

    December 1, 2019 12:47 am

    A man hanging onto his morals in Hollywood never goes over and the same for women that will not strip down and show skin! I really loved watching this actor in Person of Interest and other movies. I did not watch Passion of Christ. He didn't need to strip down. He can act and he is darn good at it. Hollywood has lost it! All I an say is thank goodness for FF on my remote! Most of the movies I pass about a forth of the film ,I am not into skin flicks ever !

  27. Donna Y

    December 1, 2019 7:54 am

    I admire his morals but how does he resolve being a christian and being a Catholic. Jim, or anyone else practicing this religion, take a listen to John MacArthur's sermon on Roman Catholicism.

  28. Eric Crutchfield

    December 1, 2019 9:05 pm

    No doubt Mel Gibson's interpretation was more closer to the TRUTH than most others, and that is enough to hurt anyone's career in a non-CHRISTian industry, because it exposes the world for what it really is and leaves it naked before its sin. People just do not like that, especially when that very same movie shows them the one true answer of Hope and Redemption while taking away all Shame. And let's just face it, the closer we get to the TRUTH, the more the world hates it and wants to crucify it. It was a wonderful witness both Jim Caviezel and Mel Gibson did in making this movie, and they'll both forever go down in film history concerning this movie because of the blessing the Lord had on it, despite the hatred and ugliness from and in Hollywood and other parts of the film industry.

  29. marlene katz

    December 1, 2019 9:35 pm

    Jim Caviezel is one of the best actors in Hollywood! When actors become second rate, so does Hollywood. And Hollywood isn't even worth an award these days. What it needs is a bath from its dirty politics. Jim will be back, hotter than ever, wait for it!

  30. Diana Jusselin

    December 2, 2019 3:02 am

    Mel and Jim, I look forward to the Christian faith movie. You have many great Prophets and Saints to choice from. I’m a new Catholic but I have always been one in my Catholic faith walk. I was told it is a long process to enter the Catholic Church. When I researched the origins of Catholic beliefs I was astounded. I was in love with what the teachings are scriptural and traditions. Most of my Protestant's friends are Scripture only.
    Anyways I will be waiting to hear when and where the next film comes out. I hope you might have trailer for us to peruse. God Bless.

  31. Terry Kelley

    December 2, 2019 6:26 am

    Mel Gibson did such a good job making that movie. Jim C portrait Jesus so,well. That movie opened my eyes on what Jesus Christ really really sacrificed for mankind. I can't even express how I felt watching that movie. It was a hard movie to watch. But it changed me. Stay true to yourself Jim.. Hollywood is scary.

  32. Tyrannis Seditio Obsequium Deo Est

    December 2, 2019 9:21 am

    Excellent actor and a very good Catholic. He's doing what's right, and that's why Hollyweird hates people like him.

  33. Joshua Melanson

    December 2, 2019 2:39 pm

    Dude, really? You're gonna put Willem Dafoe in the same category? Someone who played a heretical version of Jesus? You get Hollywood Cult brownie points for doing stuff like that because they prefer a lie over the truth. He didn't portray anything close to the truth.


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