(Daily360.com) – Twenty years ago actor Jim Caviezel starred in the Disney adaptation of “The Count of Monte Cristo.” The actor is practically known as much for his devotion to his Christian faith as he is for his acting. So, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that when Disney requested and subsequently changed the script to the film removing all mentions of God, Caviezel objected.
During a recent interview he said he was reading the latest script version and all the references to God had had been removed and he reacted by telling the studio this decision was improper as “right is right, wrong is wrong” he said he informed the studio that he could not do the film with these changes.
He described response he received from Disney employees involved with the film as a mocking “so, you’re one of those” response. The actor said he would not comply and in the end he won out and the God references which were essential to original written work remained. One of the most important scenes in the film shows Caviezel’s character Edmond Dantes carving into the wall of the prison cell he’d been suffering within for many years “God will give me justice.” The star said Christians need to stand up in moments like that and “be strong.” He believes Christians must hold their ground and even say “I’m not buying your product anymore” when it conflicts with ones faith.
Caviezel has been promoting his July 4th premiere of “The Sound of Freedom.” The film was shot a few years ago but has struggled to find distribution as the subject matter is based on true stories of child trafficking. It’s an account of Tim Ballard a man who made it his life’s mission to root out and expose the child trafficking sex rings which exist throughout the word and in the United States. Jim Caviezel is perhaps best known for playing Jesus in “The Passion of the Christ” and will be teaming up with director Mel Gibson once more for the film’s long-awaited sequel “The Passion of the Christ: Resurrection.”
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