THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST star Jim Caviezel is battling his desire to cash in on the controversial movie by advertising blasphemous religious products.

The movie hunk has followed his character's example by shunning the temptations, but he admits it was difficult to turn down a lucrative commercial promoting a T-shirt company's new Heavenly line of clothing.

He says, "If I had given way on just one scheme, I would have been tempted to do more. It would have been the easiest thing in the world to make that kind of money quickly.

"That sum would secure your future but I'd never be able to forgive myself. I could see the humour in (the T-shirts) but I would have upset a lot of people who got something special from the film."

27/10/2004 09:19