Actor Jim Caviezel has claimed his Hollywood career was wrecked by playing Jesus.
He said he was ‘rejected in my own industry’ after taking on the lead role in Mel Gibson’s controversial movie ‘The Passion of the Christ’. Since playing the son of God in the 2004 film he said offers had dried up and he is shunned by many within the industry. Although a box office hit taking more than $400million worldwide it was condemned as being anti-Semitic.
Caviezel said he was warned against taking the part by Gibson who warned him he would never work in Hollywood again. “He said, “You’ll never work in this town again.” I told him, “We all have to embrace our crosses”.”
Since Passion of the Christ, the 42-year-old has only appeared in a handful of films.
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano’) about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman’s Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia’ column for Dancing Times magazine.