Jim Caviezel says he was snubbed by Hollywood after playing Jesus in ‘The Passion of the Christ’
May 12, 2017 by Jeannie Law
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.”
Following the release of “The Passion of the Christ” the film’s megastar director, Mel Gibson, also faced his share of rejection. He has been working on his own independent film projects ever since and while he may have lost favor with the studios and found himself losing work after his drunk driving arrest in 2006, the tide has turned for Gibson. His latest film “Hacksaw Ridge” nabbed six Oscar nominations.
The movie is based on World War II hero Desmond Doss who served in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle in the Pacific and miraculously saved 75 men without firing a shot.
Shane Black, director of one of Gibson’s most legendary films, “Lethal Weapon,” said that the talented 61 year old had in fact been “blacklisted” after “The Passion of the Christ” and his arrest.
“I think he’s essentially been blacklisted in the industry,” Black told Business Insider in 2015. “I think people don’t want to work with him.”
But now, 10 years after Gibson’s DUI charges on the Pacific Coast Highway in California, things are looking up.
Gibson received much praise and a “best director” Academy Award nomination for his work on “Hacksaw Ridge.” The film also made over $160 million at the box office worldwide.
Caviezel shared that given the opportunity, he’d work with Gibson again. He said he would love to play a part in Gibson’s planned “The Passion of the Christ” sequel, which will follow the Gospel stories after the resurrection.
This article was originally published in The Christian Post.
Unfortunately, broadcast television networks today are not interested in appealing to the massive Trump electorate
TIM ALLEN IS NO LONGER THE LAST MAN STANDING
May 13, 2017 By Jeff Crouere
Despite healthy ratings, ABC promptly canceled Tim Allen’s popular sitcom, Last Man Standing this week. The show was a successful part of the ABC line-up for six years. While some media reports claim that ABC canceled the show due to poor ratings, the truth is that the program was the second highest rated comedy and the third highest rated “scripted” show on the network. In fact, during the final years of the show, Last Man Standing drew an impressive average of 8.1 million viewers each week.
Allen’s real crime was not poor ratings, but having the audacity to announce he was a conservative. He understood the challenge he faced in Hollywood. In an interview with ABC late night host Jimmy Kimmel, Allen lamented that “You gotta be real careful around here. You get beat up if you don’t believe what everybody else believes. This is like ‘30s Germany.”
For the small band of conservatives in Hollywood, the industry treats them like they are infected with the Bubonic Plague
Allen is not the only actor to be ostracized due to his beliefs. Jim Caviezel faced a backlash for starring in the Mel Gibson film, “The Passion of the Christ.” Caviezel did a masterful job playing Jesus Christ, the role of his lifetime. Instead of his peers praising his work and showering him with job opportunities, Caviezel became an unwanted commodity in Hollywood. In an interview with Polish journalist and film critic Lukasz Adamski, Caviezel noted that after the movie, “All of the sudden I stopped being one of the five most popular actors in the studio and I hadn’t done anything wrong, I just played Jesus.”
Unfortunately for the small band of conservatives in Hollywood, the industry treats them like they are infected with the Bubonic Plague. Caviezel and Allen are joined by a select group of courageous conservatives such as Jon Voight, Cheryl Ladd, Bo Derek, James Woods and a few others, but, overall, Hollywood is a monolithic community controlled by extreme liberals.
Most conservatives do not speak up for fear it may end their career. Woods knew he was endangering his job prospects in 2013 when he spoke out against President Obama’s liberal policies. After Woods stood on principle and expressed his political views, sadly, he has all but disappeared from the big screen.
For decades, there has been a liberal groupthink in Hollywood; however, in recent years, it has become even more pronounced. This community strongly supported Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, holding glitzy fundraisers and raising massive contributions for the Democrat Party.
While Hollywood loved Obama and his big government policies, millions of middle class families suffered during his two terms
With almost all of the major stars in Hollywood being liberal, actors like Tim Allen are a rare breed indeed. Not only is he a conservative, but his show, Last Man Standing, revolves around a main character, Mike Baxter, who is both a conservative and a Christian. It is the perfect sitcom for this era, appealing to the 63 million Trump voters who are not represented at all on broadcast television.
Not only are Trump voters excluded, but working class Americans and those who reside in the Rust Belt and rural communities are also not represented on broadcast television. Even ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey recognized this fact at a recent meeting in London. He admitted that his network has not “paid enough attention to some of the true realities of what life is like for everyday Americans.”
While Hollywood loved Obama and his big government policies, millions of middle class families suffered during his two terms. During the Obama years, poverty rates increased as millions more Americans were added to the food stamp rolls. Due to Obamacare, healthcare premiums skyrocketed, but American wages remained relatively stagnant. The Obama administration even targeted certain “dirty” industries such as coal, bringing economic ruin to communities throughout the Rust Belt. It was not surprising that a record number of people, 95 million, were not even members of the workforce at the end of Obama’s second term.
These liberal policies created real suffering, but, in Hollywood, President Obama was viewed as a conquering hero. Not surprisingly, these liberals believe an independent conservative like Donald Trump is an evil authoritarian. It is hard for them to relate to any American, much less a fellow actor like Tim Allen, who actually supports the policies of Donald Trump.
Back in the 1980s, during the conservative Reagan era, a very successful television program was Family Ties with a conservative character Alex Keaton, played perfectly by Michael J. Fox. It aired on NBC for seven years, winning numerous awards and garnering great ratings. It connected with audiences during an era that was dominated by a popular, conservative President.
Unfortunately, broadcast television networks today are not interested in appealing to the massive Trump electorate. If so, ABC would not be canceling Last Man Standing, but adding more programs just like it to their line-up.