Jim Caviezel's Hollywood Golgotha

Did playing Jesus kill Jim Caviezel's career, or were other factors involved?AP

If Jim Caviezel is to be believed, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a jobbing actor to play Jesus and continue to eat lunch in Hollywood. Caviezel, so far as most filmgoers are concerned, was last seen being laboriously flayed and nailed in Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ. Since then, he claims, he's been "rejected by my industry" and exiled to such little-seen pictures as Outlander that is billed, rather poignantly, as an SF thriller in which a space alien eats up some 8th-century Vikings. It's hard not to see a film like Outlander as an actor's own personal Golgotha.

Speaking at the First Baptist Church of Orlando last week, Caviezel said all this was foretold to him, way back in the beginning. "You'll never work in this town again," Gibson reportedly warned him as they prepared to shoot their movie.