Caviezel starred in such mainstream Hollywood films as Angel Eyes, Pay It Forward and The Count of Monte Cristo (2002). In 2001, he played the lead in Madison, a film that tells the story of the hydro races in Madison, Indiana. Caviezel's character pilots Miss Madison to victory, recounting the 1971 event. The film did not appear in theatres until 2005. In addition, his work in High Crimes (2002) was highly praised by critics.
In 2002, he played a pivotal role in the film I Am David from the Danish novel known by both David and North to Freedom, written by Ann Holm. In 2004, Caviezel portrayed Jesus Christ in the Mel Gibson film The Passion of the Christ. During filming he was struck by lightning, accidentally whipped, dislocated his shoulder and bruised his eye. After its release, Caviezel was offered the role of spokesman for a fashion line called "Heavenly," which he refused, citing that it would be an insult to people who felt the film had something meaningful to offer.
In 2004, he expressed interest in playing the role of Superman/Clark Kent for 2006's Superman Returns, even mentioning that he would dedicate his performance to Christopher Reeve. Ultimately, he was passed over by director Bryan Singer, who felt that Caviezel was too well known after starring in The Passion of the Christ. The part went to newcomer Brandon Routh instead.
Caviezel plays a lead role in Unknown, an IFC project distributed by the Weinstein Company. Caviezel also has a role in Tony Scott's 2006 action film, Déjà Vu opposite Denzel Washington and Val Kilmer. He plays the lead role, Kainin, in the film, Outlander, which began principal photography in October 2006 in eastern Canada.
Caviezel remains a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, which he joined while a student at the University of Washington and is a Minnesota Vikings fan. In 2007, he and his wife adopted a baby Chinese boy with a brain tumor; the Caviezels have also adopted a second child, a young girl, from the Guangzhou region of China.
The advertisement was a response to a pro-stem cell research commercial featuring Michael J. Fox.
Caviezel donated $2,100 in 2006 to the unsuccessful campaign to re-elect US Senator Rick Santorum.
|1991||My Own Private Idaho||Airline Clerk||Gus Van Sant|
|1992||Diggstown||Billy Hargrove||Michael Ritchie|
|1994||Wyatt Earp||Warren Earp||Lawrence Kasdan|
|1996||Ed||Dizzy Anderson||Bill Couturié|
|The Rock||Rear F/A-18 Pilot||Michael Bay|
|1997||G.I. Jane||'Slov' Slovnik||Ridley Scott|
|1998||The Thin Red Line||Private Witt||Terrence Malick|
|1999||Ride with the Devil||Black John||Ang Lee|
|2000||Frequency||John Sullivan||Gregory Hoblit|
|Pay It Forward||Jerry||Mimi Leder|
|Madison||Jim McCormick||William Bindley|
|2001||Angel Eyes||Steven 'Catch' Lambert||Luis Mandoki|
|2002||The Count of Monte Cristo||Edmond Dantes||Kevin Reynolds|
|High Crimes||Tom Kubik||Carl Franklin|
|2003||Highwaymen||James 'Rennie' Cray||Robert Harmon|
|I Am David||Johannes||Paul Feig|
|2004||The Final Cut||Fletcher||Omar Naimt|
|The Passion of the Christ||Jesus Christ||Mel Gibson|
|Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius||Bobby Jones||Rowdy Herrington|
|2006||Unknown||Jean Jacket||Simon Brand|
|Déjà Vu||Carroll Oerstadt||Tony Scott|
|Long Weekend||Peter||Jamie Blanks|