Hollywood star and Catholic actor Jim Caviezel prayed the rosary, read the Bible and went to Holy Mass every day while he worked on the movie "Paul, Apostle of Christ," where he played the role of the apostle Luke. The movie, which will open in theaters this March, delved on the persecution of Jesus Christ's followers after his resurrection.
The actor shared with the Catholic News Agency that he had relied on his Catholic upbringing to focus on his work. He particularly prayed the rosary because his character wrote about the Virgin Mary more than anyone else in the Bible. The star of 2004's "The Passion of the Christ" also said that he had prayed to his personal patron saint, Genesius.
The movie's titular star, British actor James Faulkner, revealed that Caviezel's devotion was not simply just an acting tool. The latter was actually a devoted Catholic in real life, which Faulkner said inspired him both as a Christian and an actor.
"Everything that I do is always with heaven's help," Caviezel revealed. "What I give back to God from what he has given me ... he just multiplies it and blesses it in ways that I never thought possible."
In "Paul, Apostle of Christ," Faulkner's character endures persecution in prison while Caviezel's character risks his life to visit his friend in captivity. Throught it all, the two continued to spread the word about Jesus Christ to believers and non-believers at the height of the oppression of Christians during the time of Emperor Nero.
Eric Groth, one of the executive producers of "Paul, Apostle of Christ," said that they wanted to tell this story in light of the actual persecutions that are happening in the world today. Caviezel reflected that much of the movie showcased what true courage is about.
Speaking to students at Liberty University's Convocation during the film's promotion, Caviezel reminded the youth and reflected on what God had asked from His people.
"God is going to put you in different places in your life," the actor said. "The world is going to look to you for hope, and you're going to suffer for it."
Andrew Hyatt directed "Paul, Apostle of Christ," which will open in theaters on March 23.