来自弗农山（Mount Vernon）的Jim Caviezel在“细细的红线”中扮演关键角色
从下周开始，这位30岁的演员将以一等兵Robert Witt的身份为全球影迷所知，该角色出自Terrence Malick的二战史诗电影，“细细的红线”。
为获得这个他参演过故事片中最重要的角色，Caviezel自己付出了许多努力。跟他演对手戏的则是圈中最知名的几位同行——Sean Penn，Nick Nolte和George Clooney，置身其中——备受激励，Caviezel说。但跟Malick导演一起工作还是这段经历中最令人着迷的部分。
在五个月的艰苦拍摄过程中，Caviezel与Clooney、Penn和Nolte建立起了友谊，但他抵制住了诱惑，并未与其他主创出席上映前的看片会。而是与妻子Kerri，陪同他的父母，Maggie Caviezel与老Jim Caviezel，以及兄弟姐妹，在电影上映的当天，12月22日去往洛杉矶影院观看。
目前看来，这种观点是对的。在“细细的红线”和“与魔鬼共骑”之后，Caviezel在“再战星期日”中获得了一个小但重要的角色，饰演Al Pacino的儿子，该片由Oliver Stone执导。随后，他预计会出现在其他两部故事片中。
The Making of a Star
Mount Vernon's Jim Caviezel plays key role in 'Thin Red Line'
By JAN RODAK
SHERMAN OAKS, Calif. -- The mention of possible mid-December snow in Skagit County prompted unrestrained envy from Jim Caviezel, talking by phone from his home near Los Angeles.
"Oh, really? It's going to snow there?" he asked, as if he wished he were here.
Caviezel grew up in Mount Vernon, but left eight years ago in search of a dream which is finally taking shape.
Beginning next week, the 30-year-old actor will become known to moviegoers around the world as Private Robert Witt in Terrence Malick's World War II epic film, "The Thin Red Line."
Caviezel crossed a line of his own to land this role, the largest part he'd played to date in any feature film. Appearing opposite some of the best-known names in the business -- Sean Penn, Nick Nolte and George Clooney among them -- was invigorating, Caviezel said. But working with director Malick was the most compelling aspect of this project.
"He's just an extraordinary human being," Caviezel said of Malick. "He's an even better human being than he is a director, and that's saying a lot."
Apparently so. Entertainment Weekly magazine reports some of the bigger names in the cast scrambled for a role in the film, which is based on James Jones' 1962 novel. Some, the magazine reported, took significant salary cuts to merely cameo in the film. Caviezel joked that one of them might have worked for free.
"George Clooney told me he'd have carried (Malick's) bags to be in this film," he said.
Friends with Clooney and Penn
Caviezel formed friendships with Clooney, Penn and Nolte during the grueling five-month shoot, but resisted the temptation to attend pre-release screenings with cast members. Instead, Caviezel and his wife, Kerri, accompanied his parents, Maggie and Jim Caviezel, and siblings to a Los Angeles theater for the film's opening Dec. 22.
Jim Caviezel Sr., a Mount Vernon chiropractor, said seeing his son in a major film role is exciting. But at the same time, he said, the thrill of watching one's child perform is fulfilling anywhere.
"I don't know, it could be the same as watching him in a school function or a sports event," Caviezel said. "There's always that feeling of pride."
Caviezel has had the occasion to be proud of all of his children over the years, as most excelled in sports -- basketball, in particular. Young Jim Caviezel approached athletics with the same intensity and drive that has propelled his acting career, his father said.
"He's always strived to succeed despite not having all the natural ability," Caviezel said. "He would always work harder. Even in his studies, it never came easy for him."
It may not have been easy, but Jim Caviezel is on the Hollywood map. Vanity Fair magazine ran a full-page photo-and-brief of Caviezel in its December 1998 issue, effectively announcing his arrival in the Big Time. Entertainment Weekly Online called him a "promising newcomer," and another Internet film site, Corona, tracked down an actor who played a small part in "The Thin Red Line" -- and who shared a set with Caviezel again on another war film directed by Ang Lee. That film is due out next spring.
"The actors that make (The Thin Red Line) unforgettable are the up-and-comers," said the actor, who wasn't named. "I've been fortunate enough to hook up again with Jim Caviezel in 'Ride With the Devil' .... Jim's performance will be talked about highly. This film is definitely his stepping stone."
That sentiment has proven true so far. After "Thin Red Line" and "Ride With the Devil," Caviezel landed a small-but-important role as Al Pacino's son in "Any Given Sunday," a film directed by Oliver Stone. Following that, he is scheduled to appear in two other feature films.
Before playing PFC Witt, Caviezel had fenagled bit parts in major and minor screenings such as "G.I. Jane," "Diggstown," "Wyatt Earp" and "Ed." He landed a guest spot on an episode of ABC-TV's "The Wonder Years," and had appeared as an extra in other film and television projects.
Caviezel said he nearly missed the chance to work with Malick. After several years of bit parts, he considered enrolling in New York's Juilliard School of performing arts to perfect his skills, but instead accepted a role in 'Wyatt Earp,' a Kevin Costner film. Had he gone to New York, Caviezel said, he would have been unavailable to audition for Malick's film.
"The Thin Red Line" is Malick's first release in 20 years, and Caviezel said those who see the three-hour film will be touched.
"He changes the way films are made," he said. "They're like poetry; they're beautiful.
"Some people will say, 'It's too long' or 'It's too boring.' But then again, there are people who will go to the Louvre (in Paris) and say, 'Oh, it was OK.' The thing about Malick's films is that no one goes away saying it was a horrible piece of filmmaking."
Set on the South Pacific island of Guadalcanal, the film tells the story of a World War II Army rifle company battling to reclaim the island from the Japanese.