Preacher’s Kid: Honest Faith, Real World

Preacher’s Kid: Honest Faith, Real World

Jim Caviezel: Finally, a reward for faith, courage and talent

"Person of Interest" a hit

Actor Jim Caviezel is one of my favorite actors, a short list that includes, for varying reasons, Tom Selleck, Russell Crowe and Mark Harman.

Selleck I admire for his dead-on portrayal of male leads from Louis L’Amour’s cowboys to private eye/cop characters like Thomas Magnum, Jesse Stone and lately, a police commissioner, Frank Reagan, in the TV series “Blue Bloods.” Crowe’s intensity in the movies “Gladiator” and “A Beautiful Mind” was amazing. And Mark Harman’s complex, quietly heroic Leroy Jethro Gibbs in “NCIS” brings me back every week.


But Caviezel is, to me, uniquely worth respect. In practicing his art, he has not been afraid to incorporate his faith; and when Hollywood has tried to force him to compromise, he would not.

Passion role: Caviezel paid the price

That meant, in 2004, taking on the role of Jesus in “The Passion of the Christ,” Mel Gibson’s stunningly beautiful, and disturbing for its graphic portrayal of crucifixion, movie about the Nazarene rabbi’s final hours — and ultimate triumph.


Caviezel took the role even after Gibson tried to give him an out. Gibson, who has had his own challenges — because of “Passion”, and more because of his own demons — was genuinely worried about the Caviezel’s future in film because of the inevitable backlash from being front and center of an unapologetic, faithful recounting of Christ’s suffering.

Such honesty about the life — and death — of Jesus is politically incorrect these days. And Gibson warned Caviezel that Hollywood would exact a price. Today, Caviezel acknowledges he has, indeed, paid the price. The star of previous, successful films like “Angel Eyes,” “Frequency” and “The Count of Monte Cristo” found it hard to get work.


“We all have to embrace our crosses,” Caviezel, a devout Catholic, recently told an Orlando, Florida church. ‘Jesus is as controversial now as he has ever been. . . . Not much has changed in 2,000 years.”

So, when I saw Caviezel would star in the new CBS series “Person of Interest,” I decided to watch. I did it, admittedly, out of a desire to pay back some small measure of respect for a fellow believer. But I became hooked by Caviezel’s understated, world-weary portrayal of John Reese, an ex-Green Beret/CIA field officer thought dead, found homeless by an enigmatic billionaire computer genius — and given purpose as a sort of preemptive crime fighter.


So, I celebrated when CBS this week decided to reward “Person of Interest” with a full-season order. No surprise there, since the show quickly became one of the network’s most-watched new series, along with the hit series “Unforgettable.”

I hope Caviezel’s resurgence is a long, successful one.

Sometimes, good things really should happen to good people, after all.

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Theresa Vasquez

posted December 26, 2011 at 4:50 pm

I wrote the first Comment of Jim Caviel making the movie “Passion of Chirst I meant that there was nothing wrong with “Jim Caviel potraying Jesus because he was only doing what he was tild to do inspite of many cricts I cant’t get enough of Jim in the new hit series “Person of interest’ the techology these days are so advanced that even an iphone can do so much like series can Jim can portay his charater “Reese very well. I liove that show keep up the good work.

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Theresa Vasquez

posted December 26, 2011 at 4:40 pm

I love all of Jim”s movies I am a catholic and was raised to attend church and go to religon classes every Sunday I feel that Jim Caviel has done wrong with making “The passion of Christ because he was only doing what he was asked to do protraying Jesus in that movie was a way to tell how he really spent his last twelve hours on earth were like I was very touched that made me cry for my own wrong doing I have done in the past I can relate with Jesus when he said love your enimies as you would yourself. I love Jim Caviel I cannot explain it he made feel so much at peace when I met him at the Family Christian Center in Munster, In I had my two young boys at the time by being a catholic I realize we really don’t understand why things are done in that way. As a RE teacher I try my best to my students why Jesus went through all hardship but he wanted us to focus on we have and to do things better the death of my lord Jesus Christ will make me a better person for myself and my family. Thanks Jim for doing that movie God will reward you when you at least expect it to, keep doing what you do best “making good one I am also hooked on that television series “Person of Interest” I hope you make another block buster movie one day love you.

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Babs Russell

posted December 22, 2011 at 8:46 pm

I was raised only “sort of” Catholic, and so I only attended The Stations of the Cross on Good Friday one time. It was enough for me. I was horrified. I didn’t see The Passion of the Christ and I don’t watch movies in general. Finding Jim on Person of Interest was a revelation. I started reading interviews with him. He deserves his career to pick up where it left off in 2004. I enjoy POI and wish him the best.

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posted October 29, 2011 at 1:32 pm

You haven’t seen the show, yet you pass judgment on it and the actor? Interesting approach. The point is, I am happy Jim Caviezel, who put his faith before Hollywood prejudice, is succeeding. That’s a good thing.

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Angie Batey

posted October 29, 2011 at 12:05 am

Do you think this show is a good thing? I don’t know. I haven’t seen any of the episodes but I know The Bible in my heart and I know that compared to the Truth of God and The Kingdom of God…this show is another empty thing that separates us from God.

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posted October 27, 2011 at 11:46 am

I totally agree that this new series A Person of Interest is great. I would recommend “Angel Eyes” to everyone. I don’t understand why playing Christ should hurt anyone’s career but the world is becoming increasing wicked.

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posted October 26, 2011 at 5:49 pm

I am totally hooked on Person of Interest. When I look at Jim Caviezel (and also Mark Harmon) I see men that are grounded in their quiet way. I have always been a fan but have not seen enough of Jim.

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