"We had to go through a martyrdom," Jim Caviezel told ChurchPOP's English editor Jacqueline Burkepile during his interview about the "Sound of Freedom" film, which hit theaters July 4.
Throughout the interview, Caviezel explains the battle he and the film's creators endured. The film finished five years ago, but did not release until 2023 due to resistance.
He considers his and Eduardo Verástegui's work on the film a type of martyrdom - something God calls all of us to.
"Saint Faustina--and out of that you have other great martyrs that were willing to give their [lives]. Some of it's white martyrdom and sometimes it's red martyrdom.
"But the point is that we all end up dying someday. We're all going to die. We're all going to be on our cross," Caviezel reiterates.
"Jesus will be there and your family might not be there, but he will be there with you, and there's nothing more beautiful to look at when you're going through that kind of suffering."
Watch the clip below:
Record Box Office Sales for "Sound of Freedom"
The film accumulated record sales, already generating more than $100 million in box office revenue.
“'Sound of Freedom' has become the people’s movie," Jared Geesey, Angels Studios' SVP of Global Distribution said in a press release.
"It was chosen by over 100,000 people in the Angel Guild, fueled by untold tens of thousands through our ‘Pay it Forward’ program, and is dominating the box office as the result of a ground-up, grassroots movement of everyday people who are making this a historic success."
“This is the opposite of the top-down system developed by Hollywood gatekeepers," Geesey continued. "We are empowering people to be part of choosing, funding, and sharing stories that amplify light and impact culture."
Watch the full interview and trailer below:
Prayer to End Human Trafficking
We seek your divine protection
for all who are exploited and enslaved.
For those forced into labor,
trafficked into sexual slavery,
and denied freedom.
We beseech you to release them from their chains.
Grant them protection, safety, and empowerment.
Restore their dignity and provide them a new beginning.
Show us how we might end exploitation by addressing its causes.
Help us reach out in support of victims and survivors of human trafficking.
Make us instruments of your spirit for their liberation.
For this, we pray through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.