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How playing “Jesus” in Passion of the Christ wrecked my career – Jim Caviezel


Actor Jim Caviezel claimed his Hollywood career was wrecked by playing Jesus in Mel Gibson’s controversial movie, The Passion of the Christ, but he’s finally back at the top of his game.

He’s been in a lead in CBS drama Person of Interest since it exploded last year with the highest rating in the past 15 years for a series pilot. Since then it has had over ten million viewers in weekly ratings.

Before this break, Caviezel said he was ‘rejected in my own industry’ after taking on the lead role in Mel Gibson’s controversial movie ‘The Passion of the Christ’.

Since playing the son of God in the 2004 film he said offers had dried up and he is shunned by many within the industry.

Although a box office hit taking more than $400million worldwide it was condemned as being anti-Semitic.

Gibson, the film’s director, was later accused of making anti-Jewish remarks after being arrested for drink driving.

Caviezel said he was warned against taking the part by Gibson who warned him he would never work in Hollywood again.

‘He said, “You’ll never work in this town again.” I told him, “We all have to embrace our crosses”.’ Caviezel told an audience of churchgoers in Orlando, Florida.

Prior to playing Jesus he was considered one of Hollywood rising stars and appeared in The Count of Monte Cristo’ and ‘Angel Eyes with Jennifer Lopez.

Caviezel, a devout Roman Catholic, said he knew playing Jesus would be risky. But he said he wasn’t worried about the stalling of his career.

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