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Noted Hollywood actor Jim Caviezel offered a passionate defense of his Christian faith with Fox News host Shannon Bream on Wednesday as he discussed his lead role in his new film “Infidel.”
Caviezel began by noting he chose the film, in which he plays an American kidnapped by Hezbollah operatives in Egypt then taken to a prison in Iran where he is persecuted for his faith, because he believes it was well-written and directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh, an Iranian-born Christian convert whom the actor worked with on a prior film in 2009 involving a Muslim woman who was stoned to death.
“He understood what it was like to convert to the Christian faith, it could cost you your life,” Caviezel said. Also, he chose the film because “it was a well-executed thriller” and not “some candy-a** Christian stupid film.”
“It was [about] what was really going on today. [The character] stands up for his faith. He’s a college professor. He’s brought there to speak on Jesus and then they kind of marginalize him into this place of Jesus [as] a prophet,” the actor continued.
The character, Caviezel says, disagrees and insists instead that Jesus “is the Son of God, and that that point, the movie takes off. And they try to get him to deny his faith” while in captivity.
Noting that the actor — who skyrocketed to stardom in Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ,” in which Caviezel played Jesus — has always been vocal about his beliefs, Bream asked what were his “concerns about the role of faith” in society today “and what people of faith should be doing.”
As an actor, he said, his first objective is to entice Americans to see the film. In addition to that, however, Caviezel said he needed to show how the film and its underlying message of staying true to faith is still very much “relevant.”
“It’s relevant because we have this thing called cancel culture and if Christians don’t watch it, it will be canceling Christianity as well. A lot of our pastors, okay, our bishops, our priests, they’re laying right over.
“They let their churches being burned. How do we know that? Well, it’s right there in the news,” said the actor.
Continuing, he noted, “Statues being ripped down, they don’t say anything. I watched the movie Mel Gibson did, ‘Braveheart.’ When you have the English whose the bad guys against the Scots, but the real bad guys were the guys that were collaborating. That’s why we are in the situation right now.
“We can’t go to churches, we can’t go into our church, why? Because it could get contaminated, right? So then why are we on airplanes?” Caviezel said, likely a reference to COVID-19-related restrictions.
“I have friends who have committed suicide. I have seven SEAL buddies who have lost seven of their friends committing suicide. Would it have helped to be able to get into a church, especially during this time? Absolutely. Is it good for mental illness? Yes, it is,” he said.
“The collaborators in our faith, this is where the persecution starts. You’ve gotta have guys inside your faith that won’t stand up to the governors, they will not stand up to the mayors, that’s why the gospels are very much alive right now. I got to play Jesus. To some of us love Peter or Paul. But there are many of us right now that are flat out Judas’. Or Pontius Pilates. Or they’re the pharisees, okay?” Caviezel continued.
“It’s a bloody shame. If you can’t tell the difference between a priest, a bishop, or a politician. It’s really sad. It’s called lukewarmness, there is a special place for them, and they know it.”
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