In addition to the pain and the exhaustion, he recalled how waiting on the cross between takes became tedious. To fight the boredom, he listened to music on headphones. One particular song called "Above All" (Like a Rose ...) by Michael W. Smith helped him through his most difficult moments.
"It arrived when I was confused and angry. I didn't think I could go on. The song described how Jesus was rejected and alone. That thought took me to a place — it opened an interior door that held me while on the cross," an emotional Caviezel explained. "The experience of feeling rejected and alone as all those around me laughed while drinking their hot coffees, oblivious to what was occurring. Jesus must have felt like this — forsaken, rejected, alone, and despised. It helped me pray in a very deep way — to pray without words, to pray from the heart. The discomfort, the loneliness, the split shoulder, the raw flesh all forced me into the arms of God because I had nowhere else to go for a performance I knew I was unable to create."
Jim Caviezel, Shamelessly Catholic
Hanne Jacobsen (Mad’s wife): “Yes, I was there. (Casino Royale World Premiere with Queen Elizabeth II. 11_14_2006) We had been briefed about how everyone had to put mints in their mouths so nobody had a bad breath when they met the Queen. Your hands had to be washed, you weren’t allowed to say anything to her and everyone had to curtsy or bow. So Mads and I were at the hotel, practicing curtsying and bowing – and if there’s something I’m good at; it’s curtsying (because I’ve been dancing). So I was curtsying so deeply and all I could think was: “Man, I can’t wait to curtsy!” So we get in the room where we’re going to meet her, and then we get briefed once more. They put me right behind Mads and I was told: “Hanne, you may only look at the floor or at Mads’ back” – so I didn’t get to curtsy, I’ll have to save that for another time.”