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Jim Caviezel is known to television and movie fans for his roles in movies such as The Count of Monte Cristo, Frequency and the televisions show Person of Interest.  Yet, he is best known among Christian audiences for his portrayal of Jesus in Mel Gibson’s 2004 film The Passion of the Christ. And, in 2018 he took on the biblical role as Saint Luke in Paul, Apostle of Christ.


On September 7, 2018, at Thalia Mara Hall in Jackson, Mississippi, actor, producer, philanthropist and Christian will join fans for an evening of reflection on his career, his faith, and his passions to support the programs of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Jackson. “An Evening with Jim Caviezel” begins at 7:30 p.m.


In a February 27, 2018, article from the Catholic News Service, “For Shakespeare, the play’s the thing; for Caviezel, it’s the script” Mark Pattison wrote: In a 2002 interview with CNS, Caviezel said he always wanted to act in movies with “roles that are redeemable,” even if his own character in that film wasn’t the redeemable one… “That’s never changed,” Caviezel said 16 years later. “It’s the only thing interesting to me…But the truth, the real truth, the tip of the spear—massively controversial, like our Lord—the spear enters into the heart and wounds very deeply.”


Making The Passion, he said, took a lot out of him physically. “It nearly killed 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. “Going out in the cold, at night, and the wind chill, was tremendous. We were at a thousand-foot cliff and the winds would come down on top of it. I had a dislocated left shoulder. On top of that, I had pneumonia. I got really sick,” he recalled. “But if we had shot that film in a studio, you wouldn’t have seen that performance. Was it worth it? Absolutely.”


John Lunardini, COO at Catholic Charities says, “For any person, Christian or fan of the Passion or Jim’s other films, they are in for a treat. We are even more excited to bring his message to people of all faiths and denominations.” He added, “Our services at Catholic Charities are for all people in need and this event is for all Mississippi Christians.”


Sponsors and VIP ticket holders will have access to the pre-show Meet and Greet with Jim Caviezel. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster online and in person at the box office. Ticket prices range from $25 to $100 and group discounts are available. For more information about tickets and sponsorships contact Julie O’Brien at 601.326.3758, julie.obrien@ccjackson.org or visit www.catholiccharitiesjackson.org.