Actor Jim Caviezel set to play second most important role in O.U.R. story ‘The Sound of Freedom’
By Trent Toone, Deseret News, June 4, 2018
SALT LAKE CITY — Actor Jim Caviezel says the greatest role of his life was portraying Jesus Christ in Mel Gibson’s 2004 film, “The Passion of the Christ.”
Caviezel’s second most significant role is one he has yet to play.
In June, the 49-year-old actor will portray Timothy Ballard, the founder and CEO of Operation Underground Railroad, in a film about the organization’s mission to save children from sex trafficking and slavery called The Sound of Freedom, directed by Alejandro Monteverde.
“This is the second most important film I have ever done since The Passion of the Christ,” Caviezel told the Deseret News. “It’s going to affect the saving of a lot of children and the changing of lives. It will also bring a lot of light into the darkness.”
With his hair dyed blonde to match Ballard’s, Caviezel recently spent several days shadowing him and learning about every aspect of O.U.R.’s operation, from training on a shooting range, to seeing plans for an upcoming operation in Latin America, to meeting O.U.R.’s aftercare directors and meeting corporate partners. Their time together culminated with the premiere of a documentary called “Operation Toussaint” at Jordan Commons on May 23.
Caviezel knows he doesn’t closely resemble Ballard. Caviezel has a taller, leaner frame, while Ballard is shorter with thick, muscular shoulders. But he isn’t worried.
“Thankfully they can digitally make my arms bigger,” Caviezel joked. “They will be bigger than his.”
More adventures with Tim:
Finding Light in the Darkness
Senate Judiciary Committee March 6th 2019