With its portrayal of the Passion of Jesus in accordance with the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, Mel Gibson’s 2004 film The Passion of the Christ left the world in shock.
The lengthy biblical drama stars Jim Caviezel as Jesus of Nazareth was mostly sh0t in Italy, and featured dialogue in Latin, Hebrew, and Latinized Aramaic. But did you know that the bloody and vἰolent movie required much of the lead actor, including heart surgery? Continue reading.
A devoted Catholic, Jim endured a lot while filming Mel Gibson’s biblical epic, including the elements, ἰllness, and physical discomfort. He once spoke openly about the difficulties even though he believed they were worth it for the film’s authenticity.
Jim Caviezel endured great pain while filming The Passion Of The Christ. According to reports, he contracted pneumonia and a lung infection while filming the crucifixion scenes in Italy while nearly freezing to deἀth from the icy weather. In addition, while carrying the cross, he dislocated his shoulder and received multiple scratches and scrapes.
According to Today, Jim Caviezel once revealed that one of the actors who played a Roman inflicting the beating accidentἀlly hit him for real. He recalled the feeling of the hit and said:
“It’s like getting the wind knocked out of you. The stinging is so horrific that you can’t get air.
But these weren’t the most shocking. The actor was also struck by lightning while filming the Sermon on the Mount scene near Rome.
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According to Newsweek, Speaking to The Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan, Jim had once said:
“We were shooting the Sermon on the Mount. About four seconds before it happened it was quiet, and then it was like someone slapped my ears. I had seven or eight seconds of, like, a pink, fuzzy colour, and people started screaming. They said I had fire on the left side of my head and light around my body. All I can tell you is that I looked like I went to Don King’s hairstylist.”
Jim Caviezel told Catholic News Service 2018:
“Filming The Passion of the Christ nearly kἰlled me. Not many people get struck by lightning; I did. Five and a half months of cold. I had to have two heart surgeries, including open-heart surgery, because of that film.”
We are glad that Jim Caviezel is doing well, but we know that the memories of sh00ting The Passion Of The Christ will follow him until the very end. If you want to be the first to know about breaking news and other recent developments, you should follow us on Twitter.