Mel Gibson directs actor Jim Caviezel in ‘The Passion of the Christ.’20th Century Fox
Actor Jim Caviezel opens up about the rejection he faced from Hollywood after his role as Jesus Christ, in Mel Gibson’s biblical epic “The Passion of the Christ.”
“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,” the actor told Polish journalist and film critic Lukasz Adamski in a recent interview.
Adding, “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.”
“The Passion of the Christ,” released in 2004, was a blockbuster success, despite its lack of industry support, earning a staggering $612 million worldwide. With a production budget of just $30 million the commercial success was the highest grossing faith-based film in history.
The film received three Oscar nominations at the 77th Academy Awards but was awarded none.
The 48-year-old actor has no regrets. He has since appeared in the hit TV show “Person of Interest,” and believes he was meant to play the role of Jesus Christ at the age of 33 because he shared the same age and initials of Jesus during the time of Christ death.
“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,” Caviezel stated.
“There are no coincidences for God. Even when God resurrects the dead, they will say it happened by accident.”