Jim Caviezel has long been one of Hollywood’s more conservative actors, forsaking the typically decadent life of a movie star to appear in religious and right-wing movies. Still, people on social media were surprised to learn that even a guy who made a Jesus movie for Mel Gibson (and arguably dragged down Persons of Interest) appeared at a conservative conference against COVID-19 restrictions, where he parroted a particularly virulent QAnon conspiracy theory.
The gathering — entitled the “Health and Freedom Conference,” and held over the weekend in Tulsa, Oklahoma — was about spreading misinformation about the pandemic, even concluding with a mask-burning closer. Despite this, Caviezel didn’t join them in-person. Instead he safely social distanced, addressing the crowd over Zoom. And yet he still went tinfoil hat, talking about “adenochrome,” a conspiracy theory that last year became popular with believers of QAnon and Pizzagate.
— Eric Hananoki (@ehananoki) April 17, 2021
Technically Caviezel was there to promote his next film, Sound of Freedom, in which he plays Tim Ballard, a real-life former CIA agent who quit his job to helps save children from human trafficking. While talking about Ballard, Caviezel casually mentioned “adenochrome,” which he later elaborated upon, sort of, saying it involves adrenaline in children…but not really elaborating for those who’ve never heard of it.
“It’s the worst horror I’ve ever seen,” Caviezel told the crowd, though he later said, cryptically, “even if I never, ever, ever saw it.” But to whoever’s doing this mystery thing, he said, “there will be no mercy for them.”
So what is “adrenochrome”? As per The Daily Beast, it’s an “easy-to-come-by chemical compound, usually found as a light pink solution, that forms by the oxidation of adrenaline, the stress hormone.” Some, including Aldous Huxley and Hunter S. Thompson, used it as a psychedelic. Johnny Depp, as Thompson, took it in the Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas movie, and there’s even a Sisters of Mercy song about it. But for the QAnon crowd, it’s quite different — and it somehow involves a beloved Pixar movie:
For conspiracy theorists, adrenochrome represents a mystical psychedelic favored by the global elites for drug-crazed satanic rites, derived from torturing children to harvest their oxidized hormonal fear—a kind of real-life staging of the Pixar movie Monsters, Inc. “QAnon also likes to say that Monsters, Inc. is Hollywood telling on itself,” says QAnon researcher Mike Rains, “because the plot of scaring kids to get energy is what they really do.”
So that’s weird! And according to Wired, it’s not just QAnon types who believe this; anti-Semites who spout nonsense about “blood libels” do as well. And a famous actor — appearing at a conference that also included crumbling. MyPillow guy Mike Lindell — was repeating it in a conference for people who don’t think a highly infectious disease that has killed over half a million Americans and over three million globally is that big a deal.
When video of his appearance hit social media, people realized there’s a reason they barely see Caviezel in movies or TV anymore.
Jim Caviezel: "I was blacklisted by Hollywood for acting in The Passion of the Christ and not for any other reasons"
Also Jim Caviezel: https://t.co/k2b9ry4CDY
— Will Mavity (@mavericksmovies) April 17, 2021
Apprently it's time to go back and cgi Jim Caviezel from Person of Interest and replace him with Tig Notaro. pic.twitter.com/qmxkJswVPM
— 🌟 a full-on monet 🌟 (@StarOfTerra) April 17, 2021
Holy shit, I'm so out of touch with pop culture I didn't even know Jim Caviezel was a lunatic now.
— parishkl 🏳️🌈🌊 (@parishkl) April 17, 2021
*Sees Jim Caviezel trending*
Oh he's a pretty good actor wonder what's going….
— Winter the Coffee Cat (@WinterStar21) April 17, 2021
Jesus when he hears the guy who played him, Jim Caviezel, is a Qnut pic.twitter.com/43TWLNYMy0
— dailyL (@dailylaney) April 17, 2021
I’m not gonna say “I’m never watching Person of Interest again” because I never watched it for Jim Caviezel in the first place 😌 pic.twitter.com/B6eR1LftEd
— Rashanti (@_ItsMeShanti) April 17, 2021
Some even roped in Mel Gibson.
Congratulations to both Mel Gibson and Jim Caviezel, two men who successfully played the long con at being somewhat normal human beings.
— evie (@NoMoreNameJokes) April 17, 2021
Jim Caviezel played Jesus in a Mel Gibson movie and as of today that's not the craziest thing the dude's ever done.
— JJ in NH (@JustJoshinNH) April 17, 2021
Wow turns out that ultra right wing catholic who played Jesus in the movie about Jews killing Jesus who stuck by Mel Gibson after his anti Semitism scandals believes in Jewish Blood Libel? If only there had been some signs https://t.co/LINcr0Z8hy
— Full Time Loller li'l 🌳 listen to @onbeliefpod (@karengeier) April 17, 2021
Beginning to see what Mel Gibson saw in him. https://t.co/ueRwXuJFki
— Michael Weiss (@michaeldweiss) April 17, 2021
imagine being considered the crazy one on a movie set with mel gibson https://t.co/BAp1MrPmp8
— Tucker (@twarner50) April 17, 2021
So that’s what the guy who played a domestic terrorist in the Denzel Washington thriller Deja Vu is up to these days.