Jim Caviezel terrified his family by returning home in the form of a flesh-torn, bloody Jesus Christ while shooting THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST - because he couldn't stand having his make-up reapplied every morning.

The hunky actor undergoes a rapid physical change throughout the disturbing religious epic, which depicts the brutal final hours of the Messiah's life.

And Caviezel soon tired of having to sit still for hours before a mirror - so he stayed in character following each day's filming.

Effects giants CAPTIVE AUDIENCE's KEITH VALDERLAAN explains, "On occasions Jim even chose to sleep in the make-up, which was thin, rather than have it reapplied the next day.

"We also allowed him exposed skin, which was more comfortable than a full body suit."

22/12/2004 09:26