Christian Actor Says Hollywood Turned Its Back On Him Because Of A Role He Played A Decade Ago
FaithTap Staff 5/26/2017
They say Hollywood is tough and it turns out it might be even tougher if you're a Christian. For Jim Caviezel, he's learned that firsthand.
In 2004, Jim portrayed Jesus Christ in the film The Passion of the Christ. He said after he headlined in the movie, Hollywood "turned its back" on him.
During an interview the actor shared:
"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."
Jim was 33 years old when he portrayed Jesus and believes him being cast is symbolic, as Jesus was 33 when he was crucified. He also shares the same initials with Jesus Christ.
"Don't you tell me it was a coincidence. 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 ... There are no coincidences for God. Even when God resurrects the dead, they will say it happened by accident."
Despite being somewhat seemingly shunned by Hollywood, Jim said he never gave up on his faith or hid it in order to further his acting career. He also never allowed the bling and shine of Hollywood to deter him, it only drove him to delve deeper into his faith.
"I've never forgotten that the name of Jesus is above all else. 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."
Jim embraced the role of playing Jesus Christ and said it helped him let his light of the Lord shine through for all to see.
"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."
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Even when the Pope praised The Passion of the Christ, Jim didn't let it go to his head. Instead, his heart was full in knowing that the goal of spreading God's word was successful with the release of that film. He holds that spiritual approval close to him and relies on the Lord's word to get him through each day.
"I often hear the voice of the Christ in my heart: Jim, you will manage today. It is a message saying that everyone in the world is equally important. It is also an appeal for a Christian life. Life in which one demonstrates to everyone they come across that Jesus is their Lord. I remember the Pope saying to Americans: 'You can all be saints!' It makes me sad that so many people in my country do not seek sainthood. They substitute it with drugs and hedonism. It is simply filling the emotional void."
Here's more about the anniversary of The Passion of the Christ.
There are rumors about a sequel to the original The Passion of the Christ movie reportedly titled Resurrection. It is supposed to follow the Gospels after Jesus' resurrection. Jim said he'd love to have a role in that. We'd also love to see a second movie released highlighting Jesus Christ!
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