Jim Caviezel: Passion of the Christ sequel ‘will be a masterpiece’

Caviezel noted that the big movie production companies avoid scriptural stories, and instead pour all of their resources into making films based on superheroes who, ironically, are often rooted in Christian ideals that go back to Jesus Christ.
“The films they make are Marvel comic movies,” said Caviezel. “You’ll see Superman, but you won’t see Jesus.”
“But the man who wrote Superman, wrote it from Jesus,” observed Caviezel. “I got to play the greatest superhero there ever was.”
Despite Hollywood’s disdain for movies about Christianity, audiences flocked to theatres to see it, making it one of the most successful, highest grossing films in history.
“It seems every Lent, every Easter, people gravitate back to this movie," noted Arroyo during the interview. “Why do you think they keep going back to it?”
“I think it’s like the Bible. People are going to keep reading it,” observed Caviezel. “We’ve been reading it for thousands of years. What I think that Mel Gibson and I did very clearly is we stuck to that.”
“Not much has changed in 2,000 years,” he continued. “Jesus is as controversial now than he’s ever been.”
The movie “is convicting,” said Caviezel, challenging viewers to ponder, “When you die, where are you going to go?”
“It’s a film that when you watch it,” said Caviezel, “it asks you a big question: What character are you playing in the Bible? I got to play Jesus, but some people play Judas. Some people play Pilate, or the Sadduccees or Pharisees.”
“The Bible is the living Word of God,” he declared. “It’s happening right now.”
Caviezel, who besides being an acclaimed actor, is a man of faith who publicly challenges his fellow Catholics to live their faith out loud in this darkening world.
“There’s a line in Scripture where Jesus said, ‘I didn’t come to bring peace into the world, I came like a sword to divide father from daughter, mother from son.’”
Do you “want to be liked by many, or loved by One?” he asked. “The world at its best can only like you because love comes from God.”
“So do you want to be liked by many or loved by One?” he asked again.


We need to pray for Mel Gibson to finish what he needs to do so production
can begin. Pray for blessings and protection over Mr. Gibson and all those
involved with the project.


This might be the exception that proves the rule. (The rule being that the sequel is NEVER as good as the original).

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I mean, how do you make a sequel to that?

It’s like making “Titanic 2”. The whole story from the main perspective feels like it’s been told in the first installment.

There’s 27 books in the New Testament. The gospels are just 4 of them.


So then it wouldn’t be about the life of Christ?

The Gospels don’t end with the death of Jesus Christ though

I’m not surprised he’s taking a lot of time to draft the screenplay. From what I understand Gibson wants to depict the Harrowing of Hell. Since that is something Christ accomplished spiritually, there is no way to depict that in action without leaning heavily on imagination, making this basically a fantasy movie. It could end with the Ascension but once Jesus physically returns from the grave, the main conflict and drama of the Resurrection has already been resolved.

Can’t wait to see it.

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Caviezel also starred in 2 of my other favorites:

  • “Frequency”, in which Caviezel’s character is able to contact his now dead father from 30 years prior (the Amazin’ Mets era), and they try to reverse tragedies that occurred
  • “The Count of Monte Cristo”

It’s the Byzantine, Melkite & Ukrainian Greek Catholic Troparion too!

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That’s the Third Antiphon for Pascha with the Paschal Troparion as the refrain. It’s also part of Resurrection Matins and Panakhyda during Bright Week (i.e. the week after Pascha).

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I’m familiar with it as my family and I attend a Ukrainian Catholic Apostolate under Bishop Benedict under the Eparchy of Chicago.

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Are you able to go to Liturgy or watching at home?

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

I hope it will join Rocky (2, 3 & 4) and Superman (2) as a rarity.

Watching off Facebook live.

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Not so sure about this claim - here’s a list of “Christian” films culled mostly from Wikipedia. Admittedly, it’s difficult to define “Christian” in the context of film (does the Chronicles of Narnia series count, or the Lord of the Rings trilogy) so I’ve limited it to films which have Christianity more or les as their main subject. I’ve also excluded independent films as I’m not sure whether these count as “Hollywood”.
Anyway, the list (in no particular order):

  • Risen
  • Quo vadis
  • Ben Hur (x 3)
  • Silence
  • The Nativity story
  • The greatest story ever told
  • King of kings
  • Shoes of the Fisherman
  • A man for all seasons
  • The Mission
  • The Agony and the ecstasy
  • Chariots of Fire

Honorary mentions (biblical but Old Testament)

  • Noah
  • Exodus gods and kings
  • The Prince of Egypt
  • The 10 Commandments
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The best of the Star Trek movies by far, my view is as per the original plan Spock should have stayed dead. None of the other movies measured up to that one in any case. The only decent use for Spock really past that point was in some of the TNG episodes showing him as an ambassador. His role in the next two or three Star Trek movies was interesting but other characters could have carried those parts. Having him resurrected was to me a cop-out.

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