I’ve been watching Person of Interest, mostly because it has Jim Caviezel in it. I wasn’t sure from the trailers if I was going to like it, wasn’t even sure after the first episode or so, but the more I watch it, the better I like it.
I loved Caviezel in Frequency and The Count of Monte Cristo, and was blown away by his portrayal in The Passion of the Christ. Of all the movie Jesus’s I’ve seen, his version is the closest to right on for me (except for the long hair, but that’s church tradition so I can live with it). Anyway, when I saw him in Person of Interest, standing amongst the crowds of people milling around him, I was struck by his height. I didn’t think, from the other movies that he was particularly tall, but standing on the sidewalk he seemed head and shoulders above the others.
So I looked him up on Wikipedia and found out he’s 6′ 2, started out playing basketball in college and is Catholic, like Mel Gibson. I also found a very interesting article on him in the Huffington Post called “Rejected by my own industry” wherein he affirms what Gibson had warned him about when he was offered the role of Christ — that is, that he’d never work in Hollywood again. As we all know, he took the role anyway because, as he says in the article, “Mel, this is what I believe. And we all have our crosses to bear…”
Well, Mel was almost right — it’s been quite awhile since Passion, and Caviezel’s not been seen in anything else out of Hollywood. I can understand it even apart from the bias and antagonism… the role was so powerful, so memorable, so Everywhere, that it could be hard to separate him from it when and if he were to play someone else. Person of Interest has been a good vehicle to start anew because the John Reese character is very different from Christ and yet… a savior in his own way.
It’s an interesting article, not just for what it says about Caviezel, but for the astonishing arrogance and hatred manifested in some of the comments. They are so intense they just seem off the wall, but also stand as evidence of the kingdom of darkness’ hatred of our Lord. Which is also demonstrated by a reference in the Wikipedia article to a motorcycle accident Caviezel suffered when someone threw a bicycle in his path…