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Box office of 'Passion' made Caviezel wise choice

HOLLYWOOD — At Monday night’s preem of “Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius,” Jim Caviezel admitted thinking that portraying a golfer “might be a nice break” after playing a man who was crucified.

Exec producer Rick Eldridge acknowledged initial uncertainty about casting the thesp after he just wrapped his role in “The Passion of Christ.” “At that point it was almost a risk for us because we didn’t know what was going to happen with ‘The Passion,’ ” Eldridge said. “But by the time (the film) came out we were pretty confident it was going to do well.”

Helmer-writer Rowdy Herrington and pic’s Claire Forlani and Cuba Gooding Jr. also attended the Academy reception for the Film Foundry release.

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