Back in the spring, people were shocked — but honestly that shocked — that Jim Caviezel, who rose to fame for his turn in a Mel Gibson movie, was parroting QAnon conspiracy theories. So maybe this won’t be surprising either: The Passion of the Christ star delivered a speech at a convention that was lousy with QAnon talking points, and for some reason it included him quoting Braveheart.
Jim Caviezel gives a speech riddled with religious fanaticism and Q propaganda at the QAnon conference in Las Vegas. pic.twitter.com/9gugWfoyaG
— PatriotTakes (@patriottakes) October 25, 2021
Video of Caviezel’s 20-minute-long speech made its way to social media, and it featured him rhapsodizing the crowd at a convention called For God & Country: Patriot Double Down. It opens with him quoting William Wallace — played, of course, by his future Christ director Mel Gibson — as he tries to pump up his fellow fighting Scotsmen. (It’s the one where he yells, “You can take our lives, but you can never take our freedom.”)
What was Caviezel trying to pump the crowd up about? The QAnon conspiracy involving a global sex trafficking ring (and lizards), of course. But there was a lot of coded talk about resisting, too.
“We must fight for that authentic freedom and live, my friends,” Caviezel bellowed at a convention that was seriously held in Sin City itself, Las Vegas. “By God, we must live and with the Holy Spirit as your shield and Christ as your sword may you join Saint Michael and all the other angels in defending God and sending Lucifer and his henchmen straight back to hell where they belong.”
Caviezel ended his speech by telling the audience, “We are headed into the storm of all storms. Yes, the storm is upon us.” QAnon, as we all unfortunately know, promotes the idea of “The Storm,” in which former president Donald J. Trump would suddenly return to power and order mass arrests of the Satanic cabal that doesn’t exist.
The actor’s appearance at a QAnon-friendly convention mirrors his speech at a similar conference held in Tulsa in April, where he discussed “adenochrome,” a conspiracy theory that last year became popular with believers of QAnon and Pizzagate which involves a drug believed to be inbibed by members of this Satanic cabal they all believe isn’t fiction.
Caviezel, one of Hollywood’s few conservatives, hasn’t had the robust career one would expect from a star of a bona fide blockbuster like The Passion of the Christ. But he’s done enough that fans of his work — including on the hit show Persons of Interest — were disappointed in him.
Ugh. I loved “Person of Interest.’ Now I have a hard time watching the show streaming because it’s hard for me to forget what a wingnut Caviezel is. https://t.co/QBPvMERE8d
— David Gorski, MD, PhD (@gorskon) October 25, 2021
I cringe very time “Person of Interest” is trending, because it means Jim Caviezel is somewhere in front of a camera, bleating religious pablum and Q claptrap into a mic, proving once again he spent far too much time getting whipped by Mel Gibson. https://t.co/mH0sUyUqpO
— Gina (@DotterOfAlice) October 25, 2021
Others weren’t surprised, especially considering he was hand-picked by no less than Mel Gibson.
jim caviezel, the man who played christ in mel gibson’s antisemitic passion of the christ, going full QAnon is exactly what I expect from this year
— U.N.D.E.A.D. Anderson (@diannaeanderson) October 25, 2021
Caviezel owes his name recognition to a racist, violently insane man thinking he was just the guy to play a Middle Eastern Jewhttps://t.co/DMKM6M92fU
— Mario Bava’s Zack Sunday (@BudrykZack) October 25, 2021
The man who played Jesus in Mel Gibson’s film giving the Braveheart “every man dies, but not every man truly lives” lines at the QAnon gathering. The chef’s kiss to this chapter of the apocalyptic timeline we call 2021. https://t.co/LeFhUjosS2
— Bradley Onishi (@BradleyOnishi) October 25, 2021