|James Faulkner and Jim Caviezel as featured in promotional materials for|
the movie, Paul, Apostle of Christ. (Affirm Films)
MOVIESFourteen years after portraying Jesus Christ in Mel Gibson’s movie, The Passion of the Christ, Jim Caviezel stars as another biblical character I the upcoming faith-based movie, Paul, Apostle of Christ. In the film, Caviezel plays the disciple Luke who risks his life to visit Paul (James Faulkner), who is held captive in a Roman prison under Nero’s rule. Together, they struggle against a determined emperor and the frailties of the human spirit in order to live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ and spread their message to the world. The trailer for the movie, which also stars Oliver Martinez, Joanne Whalley and John Lynch, was released today, just days after Caviezel gave a powerful speech at a conference held at the Fellowship of Catholic University Students SLS Leadership Conference in Chicago, Illinois reports The Christian Post.
While the introduction for the actor was quite jovial and included the trailer of the new movie, Caviezel chose a more serious tone. After briefly smiling and acknowledging the audience, he went right into his impassioned speech sharing how years ago he felt called to become an actor while watching a movie in his home town in Mount Vernon, Washington and when Mel Gibson contacted him even later to play Jesus when he was 33 years of age, just like the other J.C. Then he challenged his audience.
"Some of us now embrace a fake Christianity where it's all happy talk and all happy Jesus and glory,” said Caviezel. “Guys, there was a lot of pain and suffering before the resurrection. Your path will be no different, so embrace your cross and race toward your goal.”
With the voice of conviction but also kind he also challenged the students to “go out into this pagan world, I want you to have the courage to step into this pagan world and shamelessly express your faith in public. The world needs proud warriors animated by their faith. Warriors like Saint Paul and Saint Luke who risked their names, their reputations to take their faith, their love for Jesus into the world.”
More of a sermon than a friendly chat, the full message is worth viewing in the video below and serves as an extra encouragement to see the Paul movie.
“Paul, Apostle of Christ brings to life on screen the powerful story of a man who changed the course of history through his committed faith, yet at great cost to himself,” says Andrew Hyatt, director and screenwriter of the movie. “The film shows what a deadly dangerous place the Roman world was for the early Christian church, and it shows how Paul prepared the faithful to continue living out their beliefs in the face of it.”
Caviezel also serves as a executive producer of the Paul film and is presented by Affirm Films (a Sony Pictures Entertainment company) who also presented the animated The Star movie to audiences during the Christmas season last year.
“We committed to create a film true to the biblical account of Paul’s life but also one that is dramatic and engaging,” said Producer T.J. Berden. “The trials faced by early Christians and their faith and bravery in spite of them will amaze audiences.”
Paul, Apostle of Christ premieres in theaters this Easter beginning on Wednesday, March 28, 2018.