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KEEP IT ON, J. LO
Yahoo ^ | Tuesday January 22 04:17 AM EST | By COREY LEVITAN

Posted on 01/25/2002 7:34:05 AM PST by patent

KEEP IT ON, J. LO

By By COREY LEVITAN

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."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
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Posted without comment, other then it seemed interesting.
1 posted on 01/25/2002 7:34:05 AM PST by patent
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To: father_elijah; Antoninus; aposiopetic; Salvation; ELS; nina0113; Steve0113; el_chupacabra...
Something lighter.

Bumping. Let me know if you want on or off the list. Click my screen name for a description.

patent

2 posted on 01/25/2002 7:34:40 AM PST by patent
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To: patent
Remarkable decision given the attitudes in Hollywood.
3 posted on 01/25/2002 7:36:39 AM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE
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To: patent
Refreshing...thank you. ;-D
5 posted on 01/25/2002 7:43:56 AM PST by Judith Anne
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To: patent
More hot J-Lo pictures should be coming today, courtesy of the Globe ..
6 posted on 01/25/2002 7:44:56 AM PST by codebreaker
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To: mortsahl
"An actor with morals and conviction. Amazing. I hope it lasts."

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...

7 posted on 01/25/2002 7:45:45 AM PST by eureka!
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To: patent
But he's not thrilled with the message - that vengeance can be exacted without paying the ultimate price.

Is it vengence or justice?
8 posted on 01/25/2002 7:45:54 AM PST by BikerNYC
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To: patent
There aren't many women who can resist the pressure to strip. I think it must be tougher for them.

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.

9 posted on 01/25/2002 7:47:05 AM PST by Romulus
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To: mortsahl
Don't worry, Disney will have him corrupted before long.
10 posted on 01/25/2002 7:49:03 AM PST by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig
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To: patent
Thanks for the refreshing article.
11 posted on 01/25/2002 7:50:31 AM PST by kassie
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To: patent
Lopez can't sing or act, I don't understand the attention this low life gets.
12 posted on 01/25/2002 8:03:13 AM PST by Moleman
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To: patent
My excitement at hearing that one of the best stories of all time, Count of Monte Cristo, is coming to the theatres was immediately dashed upon reading that Disney is doing it.

They will feminize, homosexualize, animal rights-ize, and anti-white male-ize this story.

13 posted on 01/25/2002 8:13:17 AM PST by Lizavetta
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To: patent
Wow, thanks.
14 posted on 01/25/2002 8:25:13 AM PST by Grit
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To: Moleman
>>>Lopez can't sing or act,

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.

patent

15 posted on 01/25/2002 8:25:20 AM PST by patent
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To: codebreaker
re 6 Waiting for the sex video.
16 posted on 01/25/2002 8:28:27 AM PST by breakem
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To: Romulus
>>>Obviously, the reporter is trying to portray Caviezel as an uptight hypocrite.

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.

patent

17 posted on 01/25/2002 8:30:41 AM PST by patent
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Ah nuts. The Count of Monte Cristo is a *Disney* movie? Grrrr. I really wanted to see that one. The Count of Monte Cristo is my favorite book of all time.
18 posted on 01/25/2002 8:32:24 AM PST by Antoninus
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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!' "

So if it wasn't a Disney movie she would grab his crotch?

19 posted on 01/25/2002 8:35:35 AM PST by subterfuge
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To: patent; Moleman
"Lopez can't sing or act...I don't understand the attention this lowlife gets."

Hey, watch her breathe! ;^)

20 posted on 01/25/2002 8:35:49 AM PST by headsonpikes
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