Person of Interest star Jim Caviezel, who starred as a shady warden last year in the Sylvester Stallone/Arnold Schwarzenegger feature Escape Plan, dons the white hat once again in the sports film When The Game Stands Tall.
In the fact based film, Caviezel plays Coach Bob Ladouceur (he’s known as Coach Lad), a man who led the De La Salle High School Spartans to 151 straight wins. When The Game Stands Tall also looks at how Coach Lad united his team through tragedy and heartache. Even in the darkest of times, Coach Lad relied on his resolve, family, and faith to carry the way.
Jim Caviezel’s didn’t take the role simply because the movie has a faith based message. “I took it because it’s a great story,” said Caviezel. “Does it have faith elements in it? Yes. But at the end of the day, so did To Kill A Mockingbird. So did Ben-Hur and Braveheart. I’m looking for stories that are moving to me that have some sort of redeemable quality to it.”
With a body of work that includes the first rate features The Thin Red Line, The Count of Monte Cristo, and The Passion of the Christ, Caviezel has carved a creatively gratifying career. But before he became a movie star, the actor was a 21-year-old waiter looking for a little bit of direction. Thankfully, James Stewart was one of the men who stepped in his path.
Click on the audio below to hear Caviezel relay an important conversation he had with Stewart in regards to making movies.
When The Game Stands Tall, co-starring Michael Chiklis as assistant coach Terry Eidson, is now playing nationwide.