04 May 2011

He's in Good Company

Playing Christ in The Passion of the Christ earned actor Jim Caviezel a spot on the Hollywood blacklist, this story relates.  Of course, the mere act of portraying Jesus in a movie does not suffice-- if you play him in a blasphemous way, you are just fine.  Caviezel's real crime, the one that made him--if I may paraphrase Reader X-- "the Clark Bar in the Hollywood punch bowl", is that he played Christ well.  Gibson's movie is incredibly moving, as you certainly know if you watched it.  Caviezel's portrayal of Christ has the power to inspire; it rings true.

So, the brave actor now is"despised, and rejected of men".  The movie, the article from the Guardian hastens to remind us, is "controversial" and "antisemitic".  I suppose the truth is controversial.  And I suppose that if you expose that the Jewish religion is no longer true, that makes it antisemitic, too. 

From The Guardian:

Jim Caviezel claims The Passion of the Christ made him a Hollywood outcast

The actor who played Jesus in Mel Gibson's 2004 blockbuster The Passion of the Christ says he has been shunned by Hollywood since taking the role.
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. He headlined the 2002 remake of The Count of Monte Cristo and starred opposite Jennifer Lopez in the 2001 romantic drama Angel Eyes. However, Caviezel told an audience of churchgoers in Orlando, Florida on Saturday that he had "been rejected by my own industry" after choosing to join Gibson's cast.

Gibson, he said, had initially offered him the role, only to call him back 20 minutes later and beg him not to take it.

"He said, 'You'll never work in this town again.' I told him, 'We all have to embrace our crosses,'" said Caviezel. He added: "Jesus is as controversial now as he has ever been. Not much has changed in 2,000 years."

A passionate Christian, Caviezel told the audience at the First Baptist Church of Orlando he had learned to accept that the destruction of his acting career was a price worth paying. "We have to give up our names, our reputations, our lives to speak the truth," he said. Though he labelled Gibson "a horrible sinner", he said the actor turned film-maker should not be vilified. "Mel Gibson doesn't need your judgment, he needs your prayers," Caviezel said.

The Passion of the Christ was an enormous box office hit in 2004, taking more than $600m worldwide after attracting huge numbers of religious filmgoers. However, it was also the source of controversy with some critics accusing Gibson of antisemitism. Jami Bernard of the New York Daily News called it "the most virulently antisemitic movie made since the German propaganda films of World War II".

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

He labels Mel Gibson a "horrible sinner" and in the next breath says that he shouldn't be vilified?!?! Mel doesn't need "support" like this. Mel needs our prayers and "friends" who keep their opinions to themselves about his behavior. "There, but for the grace of God.......go ANY of us."

StGuyFawkes said...

Jeffrey Hunter's career took a dive after "King of Kings." I suspect that part of Caviezel's problem is that having once been Jesus audiences won't pay to see him "sucking face" with some half dressed starlet.

On the other hand, his association with Brother Mel probably hasn't helped him with our "older brothers in the faith" some of whom have a certain amount of influence in the film industry.

The real truth is that good film or not, playing Jesus is a step down in our cinematic culture. It wasn't always so. Max Von Sydow acted our Lord and then went on to do Bergmann films.

I suggest that Jim C. try work in Europe where there is so much residual anti-Semitism, and common sense about actors, that no one will care.

In Europe Pasolini never suffered from being a pedophile, or being the "auteur" of "The Gospel According to Matthew."

In France they have very sensibly worshipped Jerry Lewis AND John Wayne and never cared one bit about their actors' politics or personal lives.

Just ask National Front darling Brigitte Bardot.

X said...

Well it's probably because Hollywood is run by Muslims and Muslims hate Christ, Christianity and Christians. They demand the right to victim status while victimizing with impunity, they have massive wealth of dubious origin far beyond their per capita numbers, they seek to increase your taxes while cheating on their own, they call indifference tolerance and lust love. They claim to embrace peace but perpetually cry for others to wage war. They do not forgive and they do not forget. Yes Muslims run Hollywood and they hate Christ and Jim Caviezel