The Passion Of The Christ: I Was Rejected By Hollywood For Playing Jesus – Jim Caviezel


Jim Caviezel was a regular name on cinema hoardings before agreeing to take the lead in the bloody retelling of Christ’s final days on the earth.

The actor who played Jesus in Mel Gibson’s 2004 blockbuster The Passion of the Christ says he has been rejected by Hollywood since taking the role-just like Christ was rejected by man during His time on earth.

Jim Caviezel was a regular name on cinema hoardings before agreeing to take the lead in the controversial, bloody retelling of Christ’s final days.

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In a recent interview, Actor Jim Caviezel, opened up about the rejection he faced from Hollywood after his role as Jesus Christ, in Mel Gibson’s ‘The Passion of the Christ.’

He told Polish film critic Lukasz Adamski in their conversation: “All of the sudden I stopped being one of five most popular actors in the studio, and I hadn’t done anything wrong. I just played Jesus.”

“Was I personally affected by this rejection? Well, everyone has their cross to bear. 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.”

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The 50-year-old actor has no regrets. He believes he was meant to play the role of Jesus Christ. Especially because he was 33 when the movie was produced, the same age and initials of Jesus during the time of Christ death.

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“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.”

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“There are no coincidences for God. Even when God resurrects the dead, they will say it happened by accident.”

Caviezel added that like any Believer, sometimes he struggles with faith. However, whatever role he plays or job he takes on, he never forgets the name of Jesus.

“Love is controversial and He is love incarnate. 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,” he added.

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“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.”

Caviezel, who with his wife has adopted three children with cancer, also said he would love to play a part in Gibson’s planned “The Passion of the Christ” sequel: “I want to work with Gibson again. This time it will be a film about the resurrection. If ‘The Passion of the Christ’ inspired so many people to do good, why don’t we try again? I feel like there is a purpose in my life again,” he said

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  1. After reading this article by James Caviezel, I am inspired to include James in my daily intercessory prayer: that our benevolent God will open doors for him to be actively involved in what he does best that will bring glory to our Creator, that God will give him the strength and determination, despite all odds and conflicts, to remain steadfast and loyal to Him! I don’t know how many times I have watched “The Passion of Christ,” but I can say it has given me a vicarious experience of what it was like during the time of Christ. It would be good for James to know that, by his God-given talent, he was able to portray the role of Jesus and many have been led to grow in the grace of God. Thank You, Lord, for giving James this opportunity, and thank you, James for accepting it!

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