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NEWSWEEK INTERVIEW: Actor Jim Caviezel
Yahoo News ^ | February 10, 2004

Posted on 02/10/2004 7:34:51 AM PST by NYer

NEW YORK, Feb. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Jim Caviezel, the 35-year-old actor who plays the role of Jesus in Mel Gibson's controversial new movie "The Passion of the Christ" tells Newsweek that it has been "frustrating" to watch Gibson being accused of anti-Semitism. "I can tell you this much, the guy is not in the least anti-Semitic. I never saw it," he says. "Maia Morgenstern [who plays the Virgin Mary] is this beautiful Jewish Romanian actress whose parents were in the Holocaust. Every day he'd say, "Maia, tell me about your traditions. Is this OK to do?" He wanted to make this film very Semitic."



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KEYWORDS: caviezel; interview; thepassion
'I Can Tell You This Much, The Guy's Not in The Least Anti-Semitic. I Never Saw It,' Says Caviezel of Director Mel Gibson.

Caviezel Says Gibson Rediscovered The Gospels After a 'Rough Stretch' in His Life; 'He Said The Wounds of Christ Healed His Wounds. And I Think The Film Expresses That.'

1 posted on 02/10/2004 7:34:52 AM PST by NYer
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2 posted on 02/10/2004 7:36:37 AM PST by NYer (Ad Jesum per Mariam)
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To: NYer
There were times when I was up there [on the cross], and I could barely speak. Continual hypothermia is so excruciating.

It's being up there [on the cross] that's excruciating.

3 posted on 02/10/2004 7:37:27 AM PST by Alouette (I chose to NOT have an abortion -- 9 times.)
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To: Alouette; All
One of the best and most detailed interviews with Jim Caviezel was given in 2002. It is a long but excellent read!

Christ Complex
GAYLE MacDONALD talks to Jim Caviezel, the actor with the soul of a saint who has been trussed, practically naked, to a cross in an Italian field for 15 days.

4 posted on 02/10/2004 7:43:41 AM PST by NYer (Ad Jesum per Mariam)
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To: NYer
Gee , who is perpetuating the idea that the movie about Christ is more about who killed him? Just looking at the cover of Newsweek is preposterous!Christ was the King of the Jews- surrounded by Jews- I guess it would have been more likely if Chinese had run into the area and killed him - would it change the meaning of his life any? It is the liberal media's dim view of Southern Christians and the myth that they are obsessed about the Jews being "the one that killed our Lord" - this keeps the story going for them.
5 posted on 02/10/2004 7:47:49 AM PST by newzhawk
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To: NYer
Jim Caviezel will be playing golfing great Bobby Jones in his next film, "A Stroke of Genius".
6 posted on 02/10/2004 7:48:23 AM PST by Restore
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To: NYer
"Caviezel also recounts being struck by lightning while shooting the Sermon on the Mount. "About four seconds before it happened it was quiet, and then it was like someone slapped my ears," he says. "I had seven or eight seconds of, like, a pink, fuzzy color, and people started screaming. They said I had fire on the left side of my head and light around my body."

Quite ironic!
7 posted on 02/10/2004 7:49:50 AM PST by adam_az (Be vewy vewy qwiet, I'm hunting weftists.)
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To: NYer
Good read.
8 posted on 02/10/2004 7:50:46 AM PST by Ciexyz
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To: NYer
Caviezel Bump.

He is one of our best actors that we have right now.

He won't get an Oscar anytime soon because he is a devote Christian and a geniunely good person. The leftists and voters of the Academy just won't have any of that "riff-raff" around them.

</unfortunate sarcasm>

9 posted on 02/10/2004 7:53:30 AM PST by mattdono (Big Arnie: "Crush the democrats, drive them before you, and hear the lamentations of the scumbags.")
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To: Restore
Jim Caviezel was very good in The Count of Monte Cristo, which can be rented in video stores.
10 posted on 02/10/2004 7:58:20 AM PST by Ciexyz
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To: NYer
What the perfect person to portray Jesus. He was born to play this role. What a cutie too!


11 posted on 02/10/2004 8:37:18 AM PST by bluebunny
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To: Ciexyz
I first noticed him in Frequency. That was awesome and then in Angel Eyes. I've heard more on this new movie through FR than anywhere else. What I've heard really makes me want to see it.I would love to see a GOOD Christian movie that is accurate. I was really disappointed in Left Behind.
12 posted on 02/10/2004 8:42:24 AM PST by codyjacksmom
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To: NYer
The description of the lightning strike sounds less like lightning and more like the "tongues of flame" that appeared on the disciples when the Holy Spirit fell on then at Pentecost. The actor wasn't hurt apparently. Given the conversions ocurring on the set of that movie, the POWER was obviously flowing...indeed!
13 posted on 02/10/2004 8:57:18 AM PST by mdmathis6
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To: adam_az
see my post at 13
14 posted on 02/10/2004 9:00:35 AM PST by mdmathis6
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To: mdmathis6
Do you see His face in tortillas and peeling paint, too?

If other people saw lightning, then why stretch for a supernatural explanation?
15 posted on 02/10/2004 9:17:00 AM PST by adam_az (Be vewy vewy qwiet, I'm hunting weftists.)
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To: adam_az
"Caviezel also recounts being struck by lightning while shooting the Sermon on the Mount..."

"Quite ironic!"

Thought so, too...there's gotta be a lesson in there somewhere...MUD

16 posted on 02/10/2004 9:31:23 AM PST by Mudboy Slim (RE-IMPEACH Osama bil Clinton!!)
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To: codyjacksmom
He was in "Pay it Forward", too.
17 posted on 02/10/2004 9:42:35 AM PST by spiffy
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To: newzhawk
"Gee , who is perpetuating the idea that the movie about Christ is more about who killed him?"

Even more bizarre - the idiots raising Cain (oops) about this movie are actually willing to accept that Jesus may have been real - IF the Jews can be blamed for killing him, or if Christians can be blamed for blaming the Jews for killing him. Which is why it's MUCH more fun arguing about who is to blame. Jesus can then be denied as well as used, the proverbial pink elephant in the living room.
18 posted on 02/10/2004 9:52:42 AM PST by bluejean
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To: Alouette
There were times when I was up there [on the cross], and I could barely speak. Continual hypothermia is so excruciating.

He picked the right word to describe the pain.

\Cru"ci*ate\ (kr?"sh?-?t or -sh?t; 106), a. [L. cruciatus, p. p. of cruciare to crucify, torture, fr. crux, crucis, a cross. See Cross.]

19 posted on 02/10/2004 10:01:18 AM PST by handy
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To: NYer
I have loved Jim Caviezel since Frequency, and I am glad to see him getting recognition for what he did- I just hope that this doesnt' destroy his career. Although I am sure God is going to bless him in every more important ways.
20 posted on 02/10/2004 10:03:27 AM PST by lawgirl (God to womankind: "Here's Cary Grant. Now don't say I never gave you anything.")
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To: mattdono
Last year at the Oscars, any one who played a homo in a film, or anyone who made a film with gay aspects won an Oscar.

This year the awards will go to the biggest Bush bashers.

21 posted on 02/10/2004 10:22:05 AM PST by 3catsanadog (When anything goes, everything does.)
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To: NYer
Who Really Killed Jesus?

We all do, every day.

Next question.

22 posted on 02/10/2004 11:23:53 AM PST by Argus
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To: lawgirl; NYer
Although I am sure God is going to bless him in every more important ways.
I think the Lord has already begun   :-)  FReegards!

"It's about love.  It's about sacrifice.  It's about forgiveness and hope,"

Caviezel says he loves Christ "more than [he] ever knew possible."

23 posted on 02/10/2004 1:49:49 PM PST by GirlShortstop
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To: GirlShortstop
Huh? did you say something? Sorry- the bottom right hand corner of your post distracted me for a moment..........

;-) I have been talking about this guy for YEARS- people saying "Jim who??" and I am so glad he is getting proper media attention, and the movie as well. I think it will change lives.

I support Jim on every movie I can- everthing he puts out I go to see- just as my own way of saying TAKE THAT! to Hollywood and to support this (gorgeous) actor that puts Christ first in his life. (Plus what a hottie! He's got nothing on George Clooney, and rabid leftwing hate doesn't come spewing out of his mouth! WOOHOO!!)

24 posted on 02/10/2004 2:05:28 PM PST by lawgirl (God to womankind: "Here's Cary Grant. Now don't say I never gave you anything.")
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To: NYer
"Maia Morgenstern [who plays the Virgin Mary] is this beautiful Jewish Romanian actress..."

Easy to say. Where's the photo?

25 posted on 02/10/2004 5:08:14 PM PST by rogue yam
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To: codyjacksmom
Thanks for the tips on the films Angel Eyes and Frequency. I'll put them on my list to rent. By the way, when I saw Jim Caviezel on EWTN talking about The Passion, I thought that he was one of the best-looking actors working today.
26 posted on 02/10/2004 5:28:33 PM PST by Ciexyz
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To: lawgirl; NYer
Huh? did you say something? Sorry- the bottom right hand corner of your post distracted me for a moment..........

LOL!!!   If I had my way, any article in which Jim Caviezel is notably mentioned would *require* his photo.  :-)


I support Jim on every movie I can- everthing he puts out I go to see- just as my own way of saying TAKE THAT! to Hollywood and to support this (gorgeous) actor that puts Christ first in his life.

I know what you mean.  Same here in regard to Caviezel movies.  It's a miracle that someone like Jim Caviezel has managed to make himself known in Hollyweird.  Ya gotta love the TAKE THAT! it screams to the ideologically twisted "stars".  FReegards.

27 posted on 02/10/2004 5:44:39 PM PST by GirlShortstop
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To: rogue yam
Where's the photo?

Here ya go!


Maia Morgenstern

28 posted on 02/10/2004 6:23:39 PM PST by NYer (Ad Jesum per Mariam)
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To: vikingchick
Jim Caviezel Zing!
29 posted on 02/10/2004 6:32:00 PM PST by BossLady
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To: NYer
Thank ya kindly!
30 posted on 02/10/2004 6:44:22 PM PST by rogue yam
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To: adam_az
The saw a flame on his left temple and his body surrounded by light...it probably was lightning(Saint Elmo's fire lightning; high voltage but little amperage, not harmful ultimately), but the man was not hurt, and the movie set had already been a scene of conversions and spiritual presence. So are you prepared to say it wasn't anything spiritual?

I was just saying the description of the Sermon of the Mount "occurence reminded me of Pentecost, whether it was a true manifestation or not...who knows. But the Bible says that men come to the Christ as the spirit woos them. The conversions described on the set certainly denote His presence.
31 posted on 02/10/2004 8:07:26 PM PST by mdmathis6
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To: mdmathis6
"The saw a flame on his left temple and his body surrounded by light...it probably was lightning(Saint Elmo's fire lightning; high voltage but little amperage, not harmful ultimately), but the man was not hurt, and the movie set had already been a scene of conversions and spiritual presence. So are you prepared to say it wasn't anything spiritual?"

Yes, I am. I guess I have a higher standard for proof than you do.
32 posted on 02/10/2004 8:51:03 PM PST by adam_az (Be vewy vewy qwiet, I'm hunting weftists.)
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To: GirlShortstop
Hey!!! We can adopt the Ann Coulter rule and say that no posts about Jim Caviezel can be posted without his photo!!

Like...say....THIS ONE!

**faint**

33 posted on 02/10/2004 9:13:44 PM PST by lawgirl (God to womankind: "Here's Cary Grant. Now don't say I never gave you anything.")
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To: lawgirl
That's a great photograph. Ahem. (He's from my area.)
34 posted on 02/10/2004 9:18:27 PM PST by DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet (BUSH IN '04: Because we want to outlive Osama Bin Laden.)
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To: DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet
Yeah I am glad he is married (as am I). He could be a serious distraction. ;-)
35 posted on 02/10/2004 9:27:11 PM PST by lawgirl (God to womankind: "Here's Cary Grant. Now don't say I never gave you anything.")
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To: lawgirl
LOL - yes, I suppose he could be. : )
36 posted on 02/10/2004 9:39:42 PM PST by DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet (BUSH IN '04: Because we want to outlive Osama Bin Laden.)
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To: BossLady
Thanks for the zing. Think I'll go see this movie....sounds like it'll be good.
37 posted on 02/11/2004 12:42:52 AM PST by vikingchick
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To: bluebunny
Hey this guy looks a lot like.....me!
38 posted on 02/11/2004 12:49:03 AM PST by HitmanLV (I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered. My life is my own.)
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To: newzhawk
"It is the liberal media's dim view of Southern Christians and the myth that they are obsessed about the Jews being "the one that killed our Lord" - this keeps the story going for them."

That's the odd part, Southern Christians are the most pro Jewish group in the nation. I never met an antisemite until I joined the navy and a couple of guys from Brooklyn brought it up. All of us Georgians in my company hung around together, including a guy named Hortman, and the first thing the Brooklynites said, "You're Jewish huh?" We Georgia boys were a bit taken aback about it.

The "Christ killer" stigma is primarily a Euro-Catholic prejudice. (And no I am not bashing Catholics in this forum, for what it's worth I have not encountered any anti-semite Catholics in the South either).

39 posted on 02/11/2004 1:19:31 AM PST by flying Elvis
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To: NYer
From IMDB:
Birth name
James Patrick Caviezel



Height
6' 2" (1.88 m)



Spouse
Kerri Caviezel (1997 - present)




Trivia
Grew up in a tight-knit Catholic family.

Dad is Jim, Mom is Maggie

3 sisters-Ann, Amy, Erin 1 brother-Tim

Guest appearance on "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" 24 April, 2000

His surname is Romansch (Rhaeto-Romanic), from Switzerland.

Met his wife, Kerri, on a blind date in 1993. She is a high school English teacher.

Played basketball in college, but took up acting after injuring his foot.

Drove the pace car in the Indy 500 Race in May of 2002

Refused to film a love scene with on-screen wife Ashley Judd for their film, High Crimes (2002). The idea of possible nudity conflicted with Jim's personal beliefs, based on his strong Catholic faith.

Dislocated his shoulder during the filming of Passion, The (2004).

Received an honorary degree from King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA at their commencement on 18 May 2003. Gave a fire-and-brimstone speech based on his interpretation of Catholicism.

In an oddly poetic coincidence, he was struck by lightning while filming his role of Jesus in "The Passion of Christ".

Was struck by lighting during the filming of Mel Gibson's "Passion". Assistant director Jan Michelini was also hit (for the second time during the shoot). A crew member said "I'm about a hundred feet away from them when I glance over and see smoke coming out of Caviezel's ears."
40 posted on 02/11/2004 1:24:06 AM PST by flying Elvis
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To: adam_az
Higher and lower standards of proof are often man made constructs...wouldn't you agree?

I agreed with your assessment of the "fire", it was probably lightning. The conversions to Christianity are a manifestation of a different kind of force...as written in the Bible. So we have a clash of standards...happens a lot between people...no insult meant to you.

By the way, I hope you are successful in getting those"wascuwwy weftists...heheheheheheh!"
41 posted on 02/11/2004 6:53:39 AM PST by mdmathis6
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