Friday, February 20, 2004

Bowing to the Guy who Plays Jesus

Drudge reports via The NY Daily News' Tracy Connor that The Passion of Christ actor James Caviezel has actually had people bow down before him on the street. The Corsair has only had that happen after a particularly aerobic performance in the bedroom -- kidding. Well, not really. But the Daily News says:

"James Caviezel, who plays Christ, said he got an equally eerie sign six months before he auditioned when a stranger came up to him and said, 'You'll be playing Jesus.'

"Caviezel noted his initials are J.C. and was 33 - the same age as Jesus when he was killed. He said he's had fans bow down before him, and shrugged off the hardships of playing the physically demanding part.

"'We're not called to the easy life,' he said. 'You either carry your cross, or you're crushed under the weight of it.' But Caviezel did not sound so Christ-like when he described how he looked after he was struck by lightning as he hung on the cross. 'I looked like I went to see Don King's hair stylist,' he said."

We're not called to an easy life? What the fuck is up with that, buddy boy? Have you noticed that people surrounding this holier-than-thou project are starting to sound vaguely first century desert father what with those goddam platitudes? Not to lump all Christians into this generalization on my part (and what is blog logic if not flawed but said with zest?): but they seem to have this mighty desire to be morally superior to everyone else. Cavizel, listen to me, sweetbread: you are an actor starring in a cheesy interpretation of the last 12 hours of a world-historical moment: you are not Jesus himself. You are not even Billy Crudup. This is not you. Repeat after me, Jimmy: I am not Jesus. George Jefferson is.

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