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"The Passion" Actor Calls EIB Network
Rush Limbaugh web site ^ | February 27, 2004 | Rush Limbaugh

Posted on 02/28/2004 7:45:19 AM PST by RayChuang88

BEGIN TRANSCRIPT 2:40 PM EST

RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, this is an exciting moment. We have the star of the movie "The Passion of the Christ." Jim Caviezel is on the phone, has given us (a call). Jim, this is a surprise. It's a thrill to talk to you. Welcome to the EIB Network.

CAVIEZEL: Oh, well, thank you very much, Rush.

RUSH: Jim, I have to tell you something. I... where are you calling from, by the way?

CAVIEZEL: I'm calling you from Los Angeles.

RUSH: Los Angeles. Are you surprised by what's happened?

CAVIEZEL: You know, I guess a little bit, but the subject itself is very controversial and I don't think much has changed in 2,000 years.

RUSH: Well one of the things that has -- one of the things I've noticed and I would be remiss if I didn't mention this to you is that in all of the -- and I saw the movie back in July, and all of the talk about the movie since then and especially since the opening, you have really, you know, not gotten a whole lot of discussion because of the controversy surrounding Mel Gibson. But your work in this movie, the makeup alone. How long did it take you to get made up every day for this? I mean, this has to be one of the most physically laborious roles that you could ever have.

CAVIEZEL: Yes. Rush, during the (shooting) we'd start makeup for the crucifixion scenes at two in the morning, and I'd go till ten, and about two hours of maintenance on it during the day, in freezing temperatures, and then they took two hours to take it off at night. And then at the same time I separated my shoulder. so I was dealing with hypothermia, and I got very sick up there.

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This is a superb interview with Jim Canviezel, the actor that played Jesus in The Passion of the Christ. I think Mr. Canviezel is kind of surprised by the extraordinary success of this movie, given the all-out denounciation of the movie by the secularist Left and their toadies in the mainstream media.
1 posted on 02/28/2004 7:45:20 AM PST by RayChuang88
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To: RayChuang88
JC was on Lenno last ngiht. He was pleasent and very personable. He was doing Mel Gibson impressions.
2 posted on 02/28/2004 7:49:54 AM PST by dinok
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To: RayChuang88
I'm going to have to check out his movies. He was in a recent version of The Count of Monte Cristo.
3 posted on 02/28/2004 7:51:48 AM PST by Paul Atreides (Is it really so difficult to post the entire article?)
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To: Paul Atreides
Frequency! His best film prior to this one.
4 posted on 02/28/2004 7:53:16 AM PST by ECM
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To: RayChuang88
I couldn't help but wonder: has Barbra Streisand managed to post her exalted opinion, of this movie, on her website?

I can just imagine her fuming at Mr. Caviezel calling in to Rush's show!

5 posted on 02/28/2004 7:54:26 AM PST by Paul Atreides (Is it really so difficult to post the entire article?)
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To: Paul Atreides
He was in a recent version of The Count of Monte Cristo.

Best dialog in that movie was when Richard Harris (in the role of another prisoner in an adjoining cell) tunneled up into his cell. He asked of Caviezel , "So, how long have been here."

Caviezel: "Long enough to count all the stones in my cell."

Harris: "Ah yes. But have you named them yet?"

6 posted on 02/28/2004 7:58:21 AM PST by N. Theknow (John Kerry is nothing more than Ted Kennedy without a dead girl in the car.)
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To: dinok
Jim Caviezel seems like an alright dude. I thought he was great in THIN RED LINE and COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO. Very unusual fellow.
7 posted on 02/28/2004 8:00:20 AM PST by wizardoz ("Crikey! I've lost my mojo!")
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To: Paul Atreides
The Count of Monte Cristo was a wonderful movie, IMHO.
8 posted on 02/28/2004 8:06:43 AM PST by dawn53
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To: RayChuang88; secret garden; xsmommy
His initials are JC and he is 33 years old......... astounding
9 posted on 02/28/2004 8:06:57 AM PST by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: RayChuang88
CAVIEZEL: You know, I guess a little bit, but the subject itself is very controversial and I don't think much has changed in 2,000 years.

Ain't it the truth!

10 posted on 02/28/2004 8:07:09 AM PST by EGPWS
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To: RayChuang88
Thanks for posting this interview. My wife didn't catch it live, and I had a hard time remembering the details. Now, she can read for herself, and hopefully come to the conclusion I did, that Jim C. seems to be a really good guy! I hope and pray that there are more like him in Hollywood who see what the rest of America feels about religious and conservative causes, and will gain the courage to live their beliefs openly! Maybe there are some folks who believe like Jimmy Stewart and John Wayne, and will feel more comfortable to be openly conservative in Hollywood (what a twisted world we live in...)
11 posted on 02/28/2004 8:08:21 AM PST by Mylesdad ((Kerry...bring it on....but first decide which side you are on...))
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To: RayChuang88
Jim Caviezel went through a lot to make this movie. He was telling about when he was hanging on the cross on a cliff in Italy and the wind was so forceful his shoulder was dislocated. He told about when they were beating him with the whip it was supposed to hit a board that was strapped to his back but one of the actors portraying a Roman soldier missed and it actually hit him and tore his skin open.

Also he was hit by lightening. Rush asked him what he said or did. Jim said; "I looked up in the sky and said you didn't like that take did you?"

12 posted on 02/28/2004 8:08:46 AM PST by Spunky (This little tag just keeps following me where ever I go.)
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To: wizardoz
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001029/bio

Biography for
James Caviezel

Birth name
James Patrick Caviezel

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Height
6' 2" (1.88 m)

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Spouse
Kerri Caviezel (1997 - present)

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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."

His co-star Elizabeth Mitchell who played his mother in Frequency said about him: "Jim is the perfect son, if I had a son like him I would be a very proud mother".

Shares a birthday with actor Kent McCord from "Adam-12 (1968)" and actress Julie London from "Emergency! (1972)"

Personal quotes "My mom's 100% Irish, and in my family we've always called acting 'blarney'."

13 posted on 02/28/2004 8:10:17 AM PST by Paul Atreides (Is it really so difficult to post the entire article?)
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To: Paul Atreides
He was in a recent version of The Count of Monte Cristo.

This is one of my favorite DVD's. I had not seen it it the theaters so it must have been ho-hummed by the critics. There were no major stars in it other than the late Richard Harris. My daughter pointed out it out to me when shopping for DVD's at Best Buy last summer. I put this in the Pharmer home theater Hall of fame along with Seabiscuit, Signs, the Sixth Sence, The Fifth Element, and Interview with a Vampire.

Like the Passion the story of the Count of Monte Cristo is a cool story that needed no major star power. I finaly got my wife to watch it last weekend and she loved it. Caviezel is a good actor and now will be star. Take that Hollyweird!

14 posted on 02/28/2004 8:11:24 AM PST by Pharmer (W is the man)
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To: Paul Atreides
I'm going to have to check out his movies.

The Thin Red Line.

It's interesting that Terrence Malick - the director of TRL - is also said to be devoutly religious. And there's little doubt that TRL is a "spiritual" film (though not on the same order as The Passion).

Malick chose Canviezel as the star of TRL only during editing. During the actual filming, there was no specific "star". Here are some of Canviezel's voiceover lines:

"We were a family. How'd it break up and come apart so that now we're turned against each other, each standing in the other's light? How'd we lose the good that was given us, let it slip away, scattered, careless? What's keeping us from reaching out, touching the glory?"

"Who were you that I lived with, walked with? The brother, the friend? Strife and love, darkness and light--are they the workings of one mind, features of the same face? Oh my soul. Let me be in you now. Look out through my eyes. Look out at the things you made. All things shining."

15 posted on 02/28/2004 8:13:45 AM PST by angkor
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To: Pharmer
Now, I really want to get the DVD!
16 posted on 02/28/2004 8:13:51 AM PST by Paul Atreides (Is it really so difficult to post the entire article?)
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To: Paul Atreides
He was in a recent version of The Count of Monte Cristo.

!!!!!!

I knew I recognized him from some other film but couldn't place him!

He was excellent as Edmund Dantes. Full of a quiet, steely rage. Richard Harris was quite good too, as usual.

This version of "The Count of Monte Cristo" was an excellent movie. But then, it is one of my all time favorite stories.

17 posted on 02/28/2004 8:16:25 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (The way that you wander is the way that you choose. The day that you tarry is the day that you lose.)
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To: ECM
"Frequency" was a great movie. It seems to be one of those "sleeper" movies that didn't get much press at all, but it really had me gripped throughout it (even though the premise if fairly unbelievable). :-)
18 posted on 02/28/2004 8:17:09 AM PST by Theo
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To: Paul Atreides
>I>He was in a recent version of The Count of Monte Cristo.

Get it!! it is fantastic!

19 posted on 02/28/2004 8:17:41 AM PST by mylife
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
I bought the novel, with a cover that is a tie-in to to movie. I wanted to see the movie, but was uneasy about it, considering how Follywood desecrates classic literature.
20 posted on 02/28/2004 8:18:06 AM PST by Paul Atreides (Is it really so difficult to post the entire article?)
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To: All
I'm worried for this kid. Hollywood isn't going to like this. They can't touch Mel Gibson because he's too big. James could be the one the little piggies take it out on.
21 posted on 02/28/2004 8:20:16 AM PST by Skip Ripley
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To: Skip Ripley
I was thinking the same thing. His only hope may be making movies for Mel.
22 posted on 02/28/2004 8:24:47 AM PST by Paul Atreides (Is it really so difficult to post the entire article?)
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To: N. Theknow
Best dialog in that movie was when Richard Harris (in the role of another prisoner in an adjoining cell) tunneled up into his cell. He asked of Caviezel , "So, how long have been here."

Caviezel: "Long enough to count all the stones in my cell."

Harris: "Ah yes. But have you named them yet?"


This was Richard Harris's last film. Im glad it was a doozie.
23 posted on 02/28/2004 8:26:13 AM PST by mylife
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To: ECM
"Frequency" was a terrific movie! I thoroughly enjoyed it. "Count of Monte Cristo" was also very good.
24 posted on 02/28/2004 8:29:20 AM PST by Future Snake Eater ("Oh boy, I can't wait to eat that monkey!"--Abe Simpson)
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To: N. Theknow
I disagree. The best line in that movie was at the end when Count Mondego asks Dantes why he's doing this, Caviezel gives a thin little smile and says "It's complicated..." Perfect way to play it, IMO - not over the top, but understated in order to give a sense of final satisfaction at his revenge, by way of referring to an earlier part of the movie. ;)
25 posted on 02/28/2004 8:29:53 AM PST by general_re (Ubi solitudinem faciunt, pacem appellant. - Tacitus)
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To: Paul Atreides
I wanted to see the movie, but was uneasy about it, considering how Follywood desecrates classic literature.

Do not hesitate. It will not disappoint you. There are some outstanding performances in it. Jim C's and in particular Guy Pearce as Dantes's friend and betrayer.

There are some things that are left out from the novel, naturally and the language/dialog has been updated somewhat...but it is a very entertaining film and true to the story. You can catch it on HBO and Starz occasionally.

26 posted on 02/28/2004 8:29:55 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (The way that you wander is the way that you choose. The day that you tarry is the day that you lose.)
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To: ECM
Mel Gibson said he had seen Caviezel in The The Red Line and liked what he saw.
27 posted on 02/28/2004 8:32:15 AM PST by O.C. - Old Cracker (When the cracker gets old, you wind up with Old Cracker. - O.C.)
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To: dawn53
The movie did not do justice to the book. Where was Haydee? As a devotee of 19th Century novels, the Count is one of the Great ones, along with "The Red and the Black" by Stendahl. I liked the older Count, made in the 30s or 40s. It stayed true to the plot line and didn't transfer the young mans geneology to an assignation between Dantes and his fiancee before Dantes is sent to Chateau D'If!

If you read the book, you don't appreciate the rewrite in the screenplay!

28 posted on 02/28/2004 8:33:36 AM PST by Young Werther
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
All of the great recommendations here have convinced me! Actually, I had never heard of Jim, before The Passion. Ever since, I saw his name on The Count, and wanted to see it after that. I'm glad to hear that The Count hasn't be politically-corrected.
29 posted on 02/28/2004 8:35:07 AM PST by Paul Atreides (Is it really so difficult to post the entire article?)
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To: Paul Atreides
View monte cristo trailer here

View Passion of Christ trailer here

30 posted on 02/28/2004 8:41:43 AM PST by mylife
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To: O.C. - Old Cracker
He had a good turn in there, but that movie was entirely too philosophical for my tastes.
31 posted on 02/28/2004 8:45:08 AM PST by ECM
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To: RayChuang88
I love this guy.
32 posted on 02/28/2004 8:45:37 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: Paul Atreides; Bloody Sam Roberts
I bought the novel, with a cover that is a tie-in to to movie. I wanted to see the movie, but was uneasy about it, considering how Follywood desecrates classic literature.

Then let me put in a recommendation for "The Last Temptation of Christ" ... the book.

Scorcese butchered it. One can no more assess Nikos Kazantzakis' novel by Scorsese's cinematic filth than one can judge Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter" by Scorcese's travesty of that book.

Not everyone will like the depictions of Jesus and Judas -- they are deliberately controversial -- but there is no sex scene with Mary Magdalene. The "last temptation" is speculative, but takes a profound exploration of what Jesus the man sacrificed personally to be fully realized as Jesus, the Son of Man.


33 posted on 02/28/2004 8:50:50 AM PST by Sabertooth (Malcontent for Bush - 2004!)
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To: RayChuang88; All
COOL Ray rack itttttt

Alright rack the actor who play Jesus on this interview

I hope to God that dude doesn't get blackball in Hollywood

That what I hoping

Hollywood don't you dare
34 posted on 02/28/2004 8:57:45 AM PST by SevenofNine (Not everybody in it for truth, justice, and the American way=Det Lennie Briscoe)
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To: RayChuang88
I was listening. Jim Canviezel was (in my opinion) workmanlike, humble, and factual. He made light of being struck by lightning, but was very serious about being (accidentally) struck by the whip. I only hope that he does not become 'typecast'.
35 posted on 02/28/2004 9:01:47 AM PST by LibKill (Ketchup-Boy is more French than the French!)
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To: Paul Atreides; All
OH COOL Julie London oh yeah best know as Nurse Dixie from Emergency

And Second Mrs Joe Friday ERR I mean Jack Webb and second husband Bobby Troup

Hell of good singer

Rack Julie
36 posted on 02/28/2004 9:07:36 AM PST by SevenofNine (Not everybody in it for truth, justice, and the American way=Det Lennie Briscoe)
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To: RayChuang88
I'm in love with this man. You think he'd convert to Judaism for me??? (ONLY KIDDING GUYS).
37 posted on 02/28/2004 9:10:52 AM PST by Hildy
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To: RayChuang88
I saw on Entertainment Tonight that Caviezel will be on "Hour of Power" with Robert Schuyler(sp?) Sunday. I normally don't watch Hour of Power but I will make an exception. I'm just fascinated with the guy. He seems almost "angelic". Yes, Terrence Mallick is devout. That's why he essentially withdrew from Hollywood. Too uncomfortable with the scene. He made "Days of Heaven" with Richard Gere then did not make another movie for 30 years until "Thin Red Line". I think he greatly admired Caviezel for being openly religious and unafraid to show it. Something he could not bring himself to do. I tell you what, if you combined the "softer touch" of Mallick and the power of Gibson to make religious movies, wow that would be great.
38 posted on 02/28/2004 9:14:38 AM PST by bluebunny
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts; Pharmer; angkor
Thanks for the reviews. I have not seen The Count of Monte Cristo although I've watched a bit of it over a friend's shoulder. The book is one of my all-time favourite books, ever since my teens, and I feared that no movie could do the tale justice.

I have a lot of reasons to identify with the Count. I will certainly go get the DVD on the recommendation of my friends.

The Thin Red Line was, I thought, a set of fantastic performances (even by the boorish Sean Penn), photographed in an achingly beautiful way. But the director's haphazard approach really shows. It winds up being a bunch of vignettes without any meaning deeper than war is a drag, which really misses most of the points made in Jones's book. I keep wondering when they will figure out in Hollywood that war is bad is not a really profound thought. Never, probably.

d.o.l.

Criminal Number 18F

39 posted on 02/28/2004 9:15:47 AM PST by Criminal Number 18F
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To: RayChuang88
Jim was fantastic in Frequency. One of my favorite movies. He also was great in Count.

But, the one role that hasn't been mentioned (other than his refusal to do a nude seen) is "High Crimes". He was fantastic in this movie, totally convincing in his loving gentle husband role, and then exuding pure evil in his "Secret" persona.

I would recommend "High Crimes" to anyone who hasn't seen it.

40 posted on 02/28/2004 9:28:04 AM PST by commish (Freedom Tastes Sweetest to Those Who Have Fought to Preserve It)
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To: RayChuang88
You know, I enjoyed the interview, but Rush really isn't that great an interviewer... I probably shouldn't be surprised given how infrequently he does it :)
41 posted on 02/28/2004 9:33:46 AM PST by mcg1969
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To: RayChuang88
Nobody mentions Pay It Back and the religiousity of that movie and part. It had the martyred child wunderkind forwarding the idea of forgiveness and charity,along with Canviezel, the drug addled but absolutely redeemable bum the kid first pays back.
42 posted on 02/28/2004 9:34:40 AM PST by kinghorse
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
wow. i have never heard that mentioned.
43 posted on 02/28/2004 9:36:59 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: ECM
He had a good turn in there, but that movie was entirely too philosophical for my tastes.

To which one are you referring, The Thin Red Line or The Passion of the Christ?

44 posted on 02/28/2004 9:37:41 AM PST by O.C. - Old Cracker (When the cracker gets old, you wind up with Old Cracker. - O.C.)
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To: O.C. - Old Cracker
TRL
45 posted on 02/28/2004 9:48:26 AM PST by ECM
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To: ECM
Frequenct was good. I also liked Thin Red Line, not that many others did. I like the scenery of Daintree National Forest in Queensland
46 posted on 02/28/2004 9:49:43 AM PST by raloxk
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To: xsmommy
Rather fortuitous, don't you think?
47 posted on 02/28/2004 9:49:50 AM PST by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: raloxk
Oh yeah: it was a beautifully shot picture, but not exactly what I look for in what is, ostensibly, a war movie.
48 posted on 02/28/2004 9:52:57 AM PST by ECM
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To: Skip Ripley
If Jim C. has any problems with blacklisting, I am quite sure he will appear in more Mel Gibson movies. I think Mel will see to that.
49 posted on 02/28/2004 9:56:01 AM PST by luvbach1 (In the know on the border)
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To: ECM
I thought you might have meant TPotC, not TRL. Have you ever seen WWS? Or TWoO? How about OFOtCN? My wife and I enjoy watching MBFGW. And FM is always good for a laugh. Supposedly there's a remake of F451 in the works. And our kids enjoyed watching TR. Later, O.C.
50 posted on 02/28/2004 10:10:00 AM PST by O.C. - Old Cracker (When the cracker gets old, you wind up with Old Cracker. - O.C.)
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