Actor Jim Caviezel never imagined the physical and spiritual battles he would have to endure when he took the role of the Son of God in Mel Gibson’s 2004 blockbuster “The Passion of the Christ.”
Appearing at the Rock Church in San Diego, Caviezel told the congregation he was wounded during a whipping scene and struck by lightning during the final take.
“The whip went over, and I had a 14-inch gash on my back. I went right down like in a football game when you get the wind knocked out of you. I saw God,” Caviezel said.
Caviezel tried to stay in character the whole time, which led him to constantly feel unworthy to play the Savior.
“I never thought I was good enough,” he said.
There were some light moments, however, such as the time Caviezel told Gibson not to take his Father’s name in vain while he was in character on set.
The most frightening yet powerful incident occurred on the final day of filming, during the crucifixion scene.
Caveizel said he felt a foreboding heaviness as he climbed the hill.
“I felt this evil presence come over me. ‘You’re a dead man.’ I remember thinking this is the best news I’ve ever had, because I know if I die I’m going to heaven.”
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