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Jim Caviezel on being Catholic in Hollywood: ‘Love is a higher incentive than fear’

Pin Email Jim Caviezel is a star who has starred in The Thin Red Line, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Passion of the Christ, and the television program Individual of Interest. He is likewise an actor who is known for speaking easily about his Catholic faith.Caviezel is now playing the function of St. Luke in the brand-new film Paul, Apostle of Christ, in theaters March 23rd. He dropped in The Drew Mariani Program ™recently to discuss his new film and share his own statement of being a Catholic star in Hollywood.Why he handled this movie … I take a look at the product as an entire, to start with. Then it became personal to me, due to the fact that the saints in heaven resemble my siblings and siblings. St. Paul is like my uncle. They were individual to me. And our Lord chooses me all over in my heart.But similar to anything, in some cases I would check out the material and think it’s not so good. It resembled,’Hey Jim, you did Jesus, now in the next film play Peter. Or play Jesus once again in this.’And I would read it and believe it’s just not very excellent. Which’s what happens. If you’re Will Ferrell in Elf and you hit a home run, they desire you to make a Fairy 2. If you’re a remarkable star, it’s the very same thing. If you play Jesus that’s all you play.I chose quite a while simply continually looking for good product. There were other religious functions that showed up.

However when this script came, the very first thing that struck me after reading it was that I need to do it, and the theme that came through was that love is a higher motivator than fear.How he prepared to play the roles of Jesus and St. Luke … In The Enthusiasm of the Christ … what was required of me was to be on a cross in

the freezing cold. I stated, ‘Jesus, it’s so difficult to play You.’ Day in and day out doing that and returning up on that cross, I was hypothermic. And eventually up there, I said, ‘I don’t want them to see me, I want them to see You.’And the potential of what that had in the motion picture, and exactly what eventually took place when the world saw, was that we got to have an account of Jesus there. How did that happen? I went to Mass, I received the Eucharist, I went to Confession, I hoped the Rosary, and I was greatly associated with Scripture. And that opportunity showed up once again in Paul, Apostle of Christ. Exactly what he desires the world to see in this film … In modern-day Christianity, a lot of individuals believe that Jesus paid that financial obligation for me, Jesus died that death, and now I don’t have to do that.

That’s not real. Our Lord liked Peter, Andrew, and Luke– and all those men were martyred. Those guys understood that they were providing their lives for a God who had currently done so for them.And in a moment’s notice, we might have to risk our reputation, our name’s sake, or even our extremely lives to represent the fact. And if you don’t think that, go talk with the Chaldeans, the Syrian Christians who have been butchered for

the last 10 years in the Middle East. We have actually closed our ears to that.I never thought that being a Christian would be an easy roadway, however that my heart, even on a cross in the freezing cold, absolutely nothing could stop my burning heart from caring Jesus. It is very important. And I took it as a star because I want people to see

why I am proud to be a Christian.What he hopes audiences take away from the film … When we were doing Paul the Apostle, James Faulkner is playing Paul in it, and he has this incredibly beautiful voice. It resembles a Nat King Cole, velvety sound. It’s what I, in my mind, image Paul would sound

like. And he proclaims the Gospel, the word of JesusChrist, to the head of the Romans, the head of the world. Basically informing him,’No, I will not turn my back on our Lord.’There are just a couple of who would do that, even in this time as well.The Bible is the living Word of God. A few of us get to play Jesus, like me, some get to play Paul, like James Faulkner. However some of us decide to play Judas, Pilate, Herod. Who are we playing in this short life of ours? I have actually been blessed to suffer for our Lord.

Since I know He loves us, however insufficient of us enjoy Him.What he gained from Paul, Apostle of Christ … Saul’s name, by meaning, indicates Great One. Paul’s name, by definition, means Little One. Exactly what I learned from this movie is that a person easy change of a letter. In order for us to be fantastic in the eyes of God, we have to end up being extremely small. I findit is extraordinary that if we take a look at our lives, simply one little change in our lives, in our name, in who we are– what kind of world would this be?I found out that these people, these saints, were simply like us. They were ordinary sinners like us. But they opted to change a little and they let the Holy Spirit do the rest. Without these couple of martyrs, Christianity would not have actually existed. We belong to this entire plan.This film is going to be so powerful for families, and for that a person rag-tag man who strolls in

there and thinks,’Wow, God is speaking with me today. I can make a distinction. I can do it.’Why everyone ought to go to see Paul, Apostle of Christ … I understand this movie is going to be phenomenal. I know if you liked The Passion of the Christ you’re going to like this movie.

You’re going to be so proud. In one of the scenes, Paul is speaking and proclaiming the Gospel of Christ to the head of the Romans. And I stated,’ That’s it. That’s who we are.’That‘s exactly what He’s wanting us to go out and inform the world. Be happy to be a Christian. Be proud to be Catholic. Be proud to be evangelical.Listen to the complete interview below: The Drew Mariani Program ™ airs weekdays from 3:00– 6:00 p.m. Eastern/12:00– 3:00 p.m. Pacific on Relevant Radio ®.