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Exclusive: Jim Caviezel on ‘Passion’ Sequel: ‘It Will Cut Like a Sword’

In part two of LifeZette's interview with the actor about 'Paul, Apostle of Christ,' he reveals, 'I don't want people to see me — I want them to see Jesus'

Jim Caviezel promised just this year that the upcoming “Passion of the Christ” sequel will be the “biggest film in history.”

His excitement for the project had not died down when LifeZette brought up the subject during an exclusive interview this week with the actor about his latest film, “Paul, Apostle of Christ.”

“It will be the biggest film in history,” he repeated. Caviezel has two reasons to believe this.

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The first is Mel Gibson’s execution as a director, which is a big part of why the first “Passion” was such a massive success. The second is that Caviezel knows the message of the film will not be softened.

“They [people] need the message and it’s there and he’s [Gibson] not going to water it down,” said Caviezel of the sequel, which will reportedly focus on both the resurrection of Christ and the time between His crucifixion and His resurrection.

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Gibson previously promised on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” that the film could possibly explore “another realm,” with scenes in hell — and it may also not be told in chronological order.

He also told Raymond Arroyo on EWTN’s “The World Over” that the film was comparative to an “acid trip.”

“It overwhelms me when I think about it,” Caviezel said.

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“I think the biggest turning point in ‘The Passion’ — and it will be the same in ‘The Resurrection’ — is I don’t want people to see me. I want them to see Jesus,” the actor added.

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Audiences certainly bought into the performance in 2004 when Caviezel first played Jesus Christ. The film is still a favorite with audiences; it earned a whopping $370.3 million domestically when it was released in 2004.

Independently produced by Gibson for $30 million, the movie essentially brought back the faith-based genre in Hollywood.

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Without it, it’s very likely audiences today would not be getting movies like Caviezel’s “Paul, Apostle of Christ.”

“It will cut like a sword,” Caviezel promised of the second “Passion.”

“Paul, Apostle of Christ” hits theaters March 23. Be sure to check out the first part of our interview with Jim Caviezel here.

PopZette editor Zachary Leeman can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter

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