I also have twelve good buddies, I’m a virgin, and I like wood. Did I mention my stigmata?

Jim Caviezel, star of Mel Gibson’s buddy-pic, Jesus Christ: We Were Saviors Once…And Hung, says that, well, really, it was typecasting:

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.”

Other actors with J.C. initials include James Caan, James Coco, Jackie Chan, and Jim Carrey but he already made Bruce Almighty and didn’t want to get stuck in the whole “playing God” thing over and over again.

(Added) Greg at The Talent Show has a little problem with Jesus verisimilitude.

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