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Everyone was thinking it was going to be a bust. I felt redeemed.
– Jim Caviezel
You know, my point in being an actor is to get people to believe that this is not about me, but something else.
Conversion is a daily thing.
I’m a craftsman. I’m an actor.
I try to be the best man I can for the day.
In the world we make good as evil and evil as good.
I felt unworthy to play Jesus. I just accepted the responsibility and said, ‘What actor wouldn’t want to play this role?’
No, the people standing before Christ and Pilate during the judgment scene do not condemn an entire race for the death of Christ anymore than the actions of Mussolini condemn all Italians, or the heinous crimes of Stalin condemn all Russians.
I always believed in God, I would go to mass most of the time, but I had no idea of the calling to holiness.
I didn’t want to be an actor.
My faith doesn’t go over real well in Hollywood.
We are all culpable in the death of Christ. My sins, your sins put Him on that cross.
I still put my pants on the same way. I still walk on my pool twice a day.
I was freezing in that loincloth.
A woman in Mexico wanted me to heal her. But I can’t heal anybody. I just put my hand on her and said, ‘Thank you for seeing the film.’
Anything that I undergo, I look at as redemptive suffering.
I do what I do, and I do it well, and focus and take it one moment at a time.
Working with Mel Gibson is a little like waltzing with a hurricane. It’s always exciting, and you’re never quite sure where it’s going to take you.
I just try to be the best Catholic.
We all have a cross to carry. I have to carry my own cross. If we don’t carry our crosses, we are going to be crushed under the weight of it.
I also hope that I am occasionally involved in projects that touch other people in ways that make their lives a little better, more interesting for the moment that makes them think.
Every day I’m trying to be more humble and how do you do that? I guess, every day, we have mass. Every day, I pray the rosary. That’s what I do.
I don’t want people to see me – I want them to see Jesus.
I always look for reality. I look for plain truthful roles.
The point I’m trying to make is that you go to church on Sunday. But the real Christ is out there in your life every day, whether it be the guy you help on the street, how you live your life, and your countenance that makes people want to be you.
I married a woman who is much better than me, I’m very fortunate to be with her and I know I’ll be happy with her the rest of my life.