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Jim Caviezel & Michael Chiklis Unite for an Underdog Sports Drama

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April 22, 2013
Source: THR

Jim Caviezel

While many haven't really seen much of Jim Caviezel since his controversial and highly publicized turn as Jesus Christ in The Passion of the Christ, the guy has been busy with the increasingly great spy thriller series "Person of Interest" on CBS, getting ready to finish its second season. Now it sounds like he's getting ready to take on a role that seems to be a rite of passage for many actors. THR has word that Caviezel will star in When the Game Stands Tall, an underdog football drama set up at Mandalay and Sony Pictures. Michael Chiklis will also star in the film which will begin shooting tomorrow in New Orleans. Read on!

Laura Dern and Alexander Ludwig are part of the supporting cast in the film that follows the De La Salle High School football team, coached by Bob Ladouceur (Caviezel) and his assistant coach Terry Eidson (Chiklis) as they took a struggling football program and led them to a 151-game winning streak between the years of 1992 and 2003. Their streak obliterated the records of consecutive wins for any American sport across the board. Dern is playing Caviezel's wife, while Ludwig, who played the villainous Cato in The Hunger Games, is playing the standout player on the team. Though I'm not really a sports fan (unless I'm seeing them live in person), I'm always a sucker for these kind of films. Sound good?

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  • http://twitter.com/Nifty_Films Nifty Films
    Jim Caviezel is a good actor but his personal life is really hard to get past. He's a hardline Catholic, think Mel Gibson, who goes to mega-churches and does speeches about family values. It's really hard for me to get around his hate and watch his films.
    • GoodBoy
      I've never once heard Jim say he hates anyone. You are drawing some pretty broad conclusions just because you intolerant of his faith.
      • http://twitter.com/Nifty_Films Nifty Films
        I'm intolerant of people who hate people because of their sexual orientation. If that's wrong of me so be it.
    • aswmbo
      The only intolerance I've read so far is your post. Lose the hate you seem to abhor...
      • http://twitter.com/Nifty_Films Nifty Films
        Oh please. The minute that homophobes stop existing on the planet is the moment I'll stop disliking them. Am I supposed to accept their homophobia and just shrug at it? Hell no.
        • Sarah
          Do you have proof that he's homophobic? If he was homophobic they wouldn't do a lesbian storyline on 'Person of Interest'.
    • Leisha Young
      I agree with you, I can't get passed his religious convictions. Every time he opens his mouth I cringe. Knowing the baggage (and indirect judgement), that comes with that level of religous faith just turns me off him and I don't want to give him my money. The reality is his views are far too damaging for me to support him and I simply can't relate to someone who is so blinded by his faith...and I don't want to.
  • http://twitter.com/SavhCaro Caro Barrett
    Jim Caviezel is a superb actor and this role/character seems tailor-made for him. He has that old 'Hollywood glamor look' that screams 'hero' which is what many of his movie roles are: Madison, Bobby Jones, TPOTC, Count of Monte Cristo to name a few. He has been flying under the radar way too long. Person of Interest is a fantastic show. Pairing him with Michael Emerson, two such disimilar actors, was pure genius. Nifty films.....interesting combination of words 'speeches about family values' and 'his hate'??........he IS a man of very strong convictions. One of the few people who speaks openly and candidly about his faith, without looking over his shoulder first. I may not agree with every thing he believes, but I admire him for walking his talk and talking his walk, especially in Hollywood. He doesn't button hole people or browbeat them, but he does not shy away from expressing his beliefs when he is asked. He is a class act all the way around.
    • http://twitter.com/Nifty_Films Nifty Films
      Anybody who hates somebody because of their sexual orientation isn't a class act, sorry.
  • kodekn
    Caviezel is a typical two-faced religious asshole: he preaches about disgusting sinners but at the same time he makes millions acting in violent films or in tv. I lost all the little interest I had in him when I heard about his religious tirades. He sounds like a truly arrogant human being who thinks his shit don't stink.
    • Sarah
      Do you have any solid evidence of this? James likes talking about Christianity, it's a free country. If you don't like it, change the channel.
      • kodekn
        Well he brings himself up as a devote christian, and e.g. calls abortion "the greatest moral defect of the Western world" but then he plays parts in violent films/tv-shows for millions of dollars. Doesn't sound that holy to me. And yeah, probably he's not in the Mel Gibson-level of religious arrogance, but having lived in a small city where almost half of the people belong to a christian sect I've heard enough of religious bullshitting. Caviezel was trying to use his religion as an excuse of why he hasn't gotten big roles after Gibson's Christ-film, saying that people are so anti-religious in Hollywood that they don't like him. Maybe it's true, but whining about that in public made him look like he's trying to get sympathy (meaning more roles through pressuring) from his religious peers. But that's actors for you. They seem usually to be pretty self-centered. When you mix religion with that you get trouble.
        • Sarah
          I agree with you about Jim Caviezel, he sounds like a douchebag off screen. It's even more annoying how his fans treat him like he's the 2nd coming of Jesus.
        • Leisha Young
          I would suggest that it is highly likely that most of his fans are quite religious themselves. He's picked the wrong industry if he wants sympathy for his 'views' on how life should be lived. Hollywood is full of gays, lesbians, people who have had abortions, people who have had children out of wedlock, people who have cheated on their spouses and partners, people who have divorces (some, multiple times), drug and sex fiends.... I could go on and on but you get the idea...

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