Skip to comments.KEEP IT ON, J. LO
Posted on 01/25/2002 7:34:05 AM PST by patent
JIM Caviezel takes the sex out of sex symbol.Well, he'd like to, anyway. The rising star of Hollywood hits and drooling Internet fan sites is a devout Roman Catholic who says his faith forbids him from getting randy on camera.
This is the man who starred in last year's "Angel Eyes" only after J. Lo agreed to keep it on during their premarital lovemaking.
"I just said, 'Look, put a top on her,' " Caviezel told The Post. " 'I'm gonna keep my shorts on, she's gonna keep hers on. Get the camera and shoot around it.' And that's out of devotion, love and respect to my wife."
In L.A. recently, where the 33-year-old lives with his wife, Kerri, a high-school English teacher, he spoke of his latest, "The Count of Monte Cristo," the Disney feature opening Friday. And he was quick to explain why this "Monte" wasn't full.
"You're never gonna see my butt on film unless I'm in the Holocaust, walking around," said the Washington state native, who had 10 years of Catholic schooling.
"I have a hard time getting naked on film. I don't believe in it. I don't think it's right. In my faith, I'm taught that abstinence is important."
It's almost unheard of for someone so old-fashioned to make it so far through Hollywood's starmaking machinery without a jam-up. Yet Caviezel, plucked from nowhere to star in 1998's "The Thin Red Line," has mounted a left-field assault on Tinseltown's A-list with his morals intact.
Dagmara Dominczyk remembers how nervous her "Cristo" love interest seemed just before their PG-13 sex scene.
"Jim took me aside and said, 'You know, I'm married and very faithful,' " says the Polish-born beauty. "And I said, 'Jim, it's a Disney movie. I'm not gonna grab your crotch!' "
In "The Count of Monte Cristo," the 12th cinematic adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' 1844 novel, Caviezel plays Edmond Dantes, a French sailor unfairly labeled a traitor by former friends and acquaintances who, each for different reasons, conspire to have him locked up.
Transformed by 13 years of prison beatings into a vengeful psychopath who looks like American Taliban John Walker, Dantes orchestrates a brilliant escape. Then he disguises himself as a count and begins offing his betrayers one by one.
"Death is too good for them!" Dantes sneers.
Caviezel has no problem with the violence, since he doesn't consider it gratuitous. But he's not thrilled with the message - that vengeance can be exacted without paying the ultimate price.
That said, he added, "I don't expect anyone else to agree with my views.
"But I wouldn't be where I am today, I wouldn't have had the courage to do what I'm doing now, if I hadn't had the direction of something greater than me."
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Me too. Sounds like it will though if he gets too moral, he will not find work. I hope he becomes a big, big star a la Brad Pitt. BTW, welcome to FreeRepublic. This is a special place...
Obviously, the reporter is trying to portray Caviezel as an uptight hypocrite. Unless he makes it really big, she'll probably get away with it.
They will feminize, homosexualize, animal rights-ize, and anti-white male-ize this story.
I agree she can't act. I don't think I've ever heard her sing, but I wouldn't have expected much.
>>>>I don't understand the attention this low life gets.
Well, I may not agree with it but I think the reasons are rather obvious, and she tries hard to keep them that way.
Well? To a small degree, I'm not sure she isn't right. I'm not going to slam the guy. He is obviously a breath of fresh air compared to most of hollywood. But compare "In my faith, I'm taught that abstinence is important."
with "during their premarital lovemaking." Abstinence is important, but he films scenes with premarital lovemaking. There would have to be a pretty good reason before I would film such a scene, certainly more then mere entertainment, much less merely titilating entertainment. I haven't seen the movie, so I can't really comment on the scene or his choices of rolls. I want to make clear I'm not trying to pick on him. I'm just left wondering a bit.
So if it wasn't a Disney movie she would grab his crotch?
Hey, watch her breathe! ;^)
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