Does anyone else think that 30 years from now we’ll be sitting in front of our TVs watching an E! True Hollywood Story about the tortured post-Passion life of Jim Caviezel? I envision something about how playing the Christ man shattered his mind and sent him into a tailspin of drugs, bottles full of urine, and the wearing of empty Kleenex boxes as shoes. How else do you explain the guy’s career after The Passion of the Christ. I mean, for like a year half the country (the half that voted for Bush) literally thought the dude was Jesus. He was an evangelical hero. They’d have gone out in droves to support him in just about anything that was even remotely half way decent. The guy should have gone on to play Moses or something, he’d have been able to start his own cult.
Instead, he’s basically done nothing, and the Kleenex box hushpuppies theory is the only logical explanation. The Passion of the Christ came out in 2004 and he wasn’t back in a major role until his bad guy part late last year in Déjà vu, which was mostly ignored. Jim Caviezel’s career was in better shape before The Passion, and that just doesn’t make any kind of sense.
He does at least, have another movie in his future. But it’s a little indie crime thriller directed by Frenchie director Pitof, so probably no one is ever going to see it. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is called Only In New York and follows a recently paroled street hustler who hits the city sidewalks looking to better himself only to find himself in trouble with the same New York Grind that got him in trouble in the first place. And how you ask, will Evangelicals feel about Jesus playing a street hustler? As long as he’s not gay, probably just fine.
In case you think this might be good, you should know that Pitof is the guy who directed the godawful Catwoman movie with Halle Berry. Now you know where things stand. Caviezel was better off hanging from a cross.
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