‘Passion of the Christ’ Actor Jim Caviezel Discusses New Film, Apathy Toward Christian Persecution


Actor Jim Caviezel, who is widely known for his role as Jesus in “The Passion of the Christ,” is a devout Catholic who is not ashamed to talk about his faith in public. Recently, Caviezel appeared on an episode of “Edifi With Billy Hallowell” to talk about his upcoming movie and the issue of Christian persecution around the world.

‘Infidel’: The Persecution of Christians in the Middle East

During the podcast episode, Caviezel discussed several topics, including Christian persecution and the amount of apathy associated with it. In fact, his new film, “Infidel,” features an American who is kidnapped while attending a conference in Cairo. He ends up in an Iranian prison on spying charges.

Dubbed as a “contemporary thriller,” Caviezel said the plotline of the movie explores the persecution of Christians in the Middle East. The 51-year-old actor says Christian persecution is still prevalent in many countries around the world.

“Barbaric Christian persecution is something that still goes on today,” the actor said. “The goal would be to create a sense of urgency and relevance to Christians and non-Christians who should be engaged in this issue.”

Caviezel believes it’s vital for Christians to pay attention to the reality that others are being tortured and harassed for their faith. He thinks people have become too apathetic.

“When I read the gospels, I’ve never seen a Jesus who would sit there and say, ‘Too bad for him.’ And that is not the gospel I know,” he said.

Caviezel on Abortion and His Personal Salvation

“The Count of Monte Cristo” and “Bobby Jones Stroke of Genius” star also talked about the issue of abortion. He said even if he didn’t believe in God, there’s just something about killing an unborn child that’s deeply disturbing.

“I’ve looked at the barbarism of abortion. I’ve seen one of them… there is no hiding anymore,” he said. “Even if I don’t really know who Jesus is… something in me, my own conscience hits me. ‘That’s immoral. That’s wrong. Why are we doing this?’”

Caviezel went on to briefly talk about his conversion to Christ. He said it wasn’t something that happened out of chance. He told Hallowell that he became a Christian after looking at the evidence and the history of the Middle East. Analyzing what Jesus did while on Earth, led to his decision to follow Christ.

“The way God sees us is who we really are,” he told Hallowell.