THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO
stars as Edmond Dantes, the man who loses thirteen
years of his life only to escape from the Chateau D'If with trouble in
mind and revenge in his heart.
Caviezel grew up in rural Mt. Vernon, Washington where his childhood dream
was to be a professional basketball player. Instead, a sports injury and a
talent for mimicry decreed a move into acting and he secured a cameo role in
"My Own Private Idaho" after he faked being an Italian immigrant
during the audition. In 1993 he was accepted into the Juilliard School for the
Performing Arts but opted for Hollywood and a small part in "Wyatt Earp."
Living in Los Angeles, Caviezel worked as a waiter and did the studio rounds,
hoping for his big break. After six months, he was ready to pack his bags when
Michael Ritchie offered him a small part in "Diggstown." But it was
the legendary director Terrence Malick who truly launched his career when he
plucked him from relative obscurity to star in the World War II epic, "The
Thin Red Line." Since that compelling portrayal of a man living between
heaven and hell, Caviezel has starred in a number of features including Ang Lee's
"Ride With The Devil," "Frequency" with Dennis Quaid, Mimi
Leder's "Pay It Forward" and starred opposite Jennifer Lopez in
"Angel Eyes." Later this year, he will appear in "High
Crimes" for director Carl Franklin.
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