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Brad Pitt Playing Pontius Pilate?
Empire Magazine ^ | January 8, 2013 | Owen Williams

Posted on 01/08/2013 2:43:19 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

As revealed last autumn, Warners are planning to add to the recent spate of proposed Biblical epics with its own yarn based around Roman prefect Pontius Pilate. Deadline now reveals that Brad Pitt is circling the lead role. Reports that it's because he wants to wash his hands of World War Z remain unverified.

The familiar version of Pilate is more or less the one played - rather well - by Hristo Shopov in Mel Gibson's The Passion Of The Christ, and by David Bowie in Scorsese's The Last Temptation Of Christ - although perhaps you prefer Telly Savalas in The Greatest Story Ever Told or Michael Palin's portrayal in Life Of Brian. He's the politician who orders Jesus' crucifixion, securing himself a role as one of history's greatest villains.

There is plenty more to his story than that, however, and the idea of showing the character's younger years as a ferocious military badass under the rule of Emperor Tiberius might perhaps explain the attraction to the historically, epically-inclined Brad Pitt of Wolfgang Petersen's Troy...

(Excerpt) Read more at empireonline.com ...


TOPICS: Religion; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: bradpitt; christianity; godsgravesglyphs; hollywood; letshavejerusalem; movies; pontiuspilate
So they've officially run out of ideas or want to bash Christianity some more?
1 posted on 01/08/2013 2:43:24 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yes


2 posted on 01/08/2013 2:48:52 PM PST by frogjerk (Obama Claus is coming to town!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“....in Mel Gibson’s The Passion Of The Christ....”

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I don’t think that the scene of Christ and PP in Mel Gibson’s movie can ever be equaled or exceeded.


3 posted on 01/08/2013 2:48:55 PM PST by 353FMG ( I refuse to specify whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I can see that


4 posted on 01/08/2013 2:50:27 PM PST by slumber1 (Don't taze me bro!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Nothing will save Brad Pitt from how badly he screwed up World War Z.


5 posted on 01/08/2013 2:54:53 PM PST by Chipper (You can't kill an Obamazombie by destroying the brain...they didn't have one to begin with.)
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To: Chipper

Never saw it.....hell, never heard of it. What’s it about? Really that bad? Pitt’s usually very good.


6 posted on 01/08/2013 2:58:22 PM PST by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: 353FMG
"I don’t think that the scene of Christ and PP in Mel Gibson’s movie can ever be equaled or exceeded."

There is a very subtle but powerful aspect to that scene. When Pilate is questioning Christ, Christ effortlessly shifts his responses to Pilate from Aramaic to Latin. The look on Pilate's face morphs instantly from a supreme position of power and confidence to one of awe and fear as he realizes he is not dealing with a mere heretic or insurrectionist, but something completely different and unknown.

7 posted on 01/08/2013 2:59:12 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: 353FMG

Agreed. That was a fantastic film (if deeply disturbing), and the portrayal of Pilate was an acting clinic unto itself. Pilate was indifferent, almost sympathetic to Christ and His predicament. He was furious that they almost killed Him during the scourging.

IOW, Pilate was shown to be a more complex man than some blood-soaked Jesus-hating villain-for-all-time.


8 posted on 01/08/2013 3:00:50 PM PST by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: RightOnline

It is coming out this summer. Basically fans of the book will not recognize any of the story, at least from what has been released. He may be perfectly fine acting in it, but a big deal was made that he was pushing to get the picture done. He will share the blame in many a fans eye for blaspheming the book.


9 posted on 01/08/2013 3:04:31 PM PST by Chipper (You can't kill an Obamazombie by destroying the brain...they didn't have one to begin with.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

he is a terrible actor anymore. He was a cutie as a kid now he just looks unwashed and unclean.


10 posted on 01/08/2013 3:07:43 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: RightOnline

I think the Eastern Orthodox church considers Pilate to be a Saint. They claim he became a believer


11 posted on 01/08/2013 3:11:48 PM PST by Fai Mao
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To: RightOnline

I think the Eastern Orthodox church considers Pilate to be a Saint. They claim he became a believer


12 posted on 01/08/2013 3:12:03 PM PST by Fai Mao
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To: RightOnline

A first century legend has it that, for the rest of his life, Pilate often for no reason asked for a bowl of water to wash his hands in.


13 posted on 01/08/2013 3:14:26 PM PST by 353FMG ( I refuse to specify whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: Fai Mao

There is an Ethiopian Orthodox sect that considers both Pilate and his wife saints, but it is based on a work (The Acts of Pilate IIRC?) that are not accepted by most mainstream Orthodox branches.


14 posted on 01/08/2013 3:15:16 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bash Christianity? Pontius Pilate had Jesus strung from a crucifix, didn’t he?


15 posted on 01/08/2013 3:19:04 PM PST by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Pontius Pilate in Mel Gibson’s movie is pretty much as he is in the Bible. He condemned Jesus not because he wanted to, or because he hated Him, but because the whole business stuck him between a rock and a hard place, and it was the politically expedient thing to do.

In other words, he was more like Boehner than Obama.

But the point is that those in a position of power must provide justice and righteousness, not expediency. It isn’t enough to wash your hands if you go along with evil in order to save your career.


16 posted on 01/08/2013 3:22:13 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Chipper

Ah....ok. Explains a lot. Kinda like “The Lord of the Rings” (although a huge majority of fans of Tolkein’s tomes loved the movies; gave Jackson a pass due to limited screen time, even spread across 3 movies) or “The Hunger Games” or countless other books-turned-into-movies. It’s VERY hard to please fans of the original books; almost impossible.

“The Hunt for Red October” was an exception....outstanding movie, very true to the book. There are others, but I have never heard of the book “World War Z” so I won’t be “upset” that the movie strays....but I can certainly understand why diehard fans would be.


17 posted on 01/08/2013 3:27:21 PM PST by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Not really. He washed his hands & said “I am innocent of the blood of this just man. (paraphrasing) It is on you (the crowd”.


18 posted on 01/08/2013 3:28:17 PM PST by KGeorge
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To: ColdOne

He has recently delivered a number of outstanding performances, as in “Benjamin Button” and “Moneyball.”


19 posted on 01/08/2013 3:29:26 PM PST by karnage
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To: RightOnline

This looks to be World War Z in name only. Fast zombies, instead of slow. Working like ants as a collective, not as mindless creatures. Just rubbish. At least the ones you mentioned followed the main thrust of the book. This would be like taking the Bible and turning Pontius Pilate into a sympathetic character...wait:-)


20 posted on 01/08/2013 3:36:59 PM PST by Chipper (You can't kill an Obamazombie by destroying the brain...they didn't have one to begin with.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So there will be a scene where PPshouts out: “Dude! Like, you know, Dude!”


21 posted on 01/08/2013 3:37:29 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: 353FMG
I don’t think that the scene of Christ and PP in Mel Gibson’s movie can ever be equaled or exceeded.

So true. The scene was so realistic. Pitt would make a very good Pontius Pilate. Hope they don't make the guy into a hero of some sort.

The scenes that made me sob, though, were the ones where Mary was seeing Jesus as a child. Now that I think about it I sobbed through much of the latter part of the film. Not a movie that is easy to be seen more than once.

22 posted on 01/08/2013 3:44:34 PM PST by madison10
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To: Joe 6-pack
When Pilate is questioning Christ, Christ effortlessly shifts his responses to Pilate from Aramaic to Latin. The look on Pilate's face morphs instantly from a supreme position of power and confidence to one of awe and fear as he realizes he is not dealing with a mere heretic or insurrectionist, but something completely different and unknown.

To a certain extent this reflects what actually happened to Paul. It always puts a smile on my face when I read Acts 23:22 and it shows how different the Romans were from other people. I can imagine the Roman Commander getting ashen-faced when he learned that Paul was a Roman citizen

They listened to [Paul] until he said this, but then they raised their voices and shouted, “Take such a one as this away from the earth. It is not right that he should live.” And as they were yelling and throwing off their cloaks and flinging dust into the air, the [Roman] cohort commander ordered him to be brought into the compound and gave instruction that he be interrogated under the lash to determine the reason why they were making such an outcry against him. But when they had stretched him out for the whips, Paul said to the centurion on duty, “Is it lawful for you to scourge a man who is a Roman citizen and has not been tried?” When the centurion heard this, he went to the cohort commander and reported it, saying, “What are you going to do? This man is a Roman citizen.” Then the commander came and said to him, “Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?” “Yes,” he answered. The commander replied, “I acquired this citizenship for a large sum of money.” Paul said, “But I was born one.” At once those who were going to interrogate him backed away from him, and the commander became alarmed when he realized that he was a Roman citizen and that he had had him bound.

23 posted on 01/08/2013 4:17:10 PM PST by vbmoneyspender
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To: karnage

I will give you Moneyball, didn’t see buttons.


24 posted on 01/08/2013 4:22:32 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: madison10

Any movie about the last physical day in the life of Christ on earth other than depicted by Mel Gibson would be a disappointment. Mel said and showed it all.

Sheesh, I wish the guy would start directing again.


25 posted on 01/08/2013 4:26:26 PM PST by 353FMG ( I refuse to specify whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: vbmoneyspender

The world used to feel a little like that about American citizens. Wonder what happened?


26 posted on 01/08/2013 4:26:33 PM PST by Hootowl
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To: Joe 6-pack
When Pilate is questioning Christ, Christ effortlessly shifts his responses to Pilate from Aramaic to Latin. The look on Pilate's face morphs instantly from a supreme position of power and confidence to one of awe and fear as he realizes he is not dealing with a mere heretic or insurrectionist, but something completely different and unknown.

Interestingly, the Latin they were speaking in the film was liturgical Latin, which I'm pretty sure was developed hundreds of years after the first centyry.

27 posted on 01/08/2013 4:32:28 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: vbmoneyspender
YES! I've long appreciated that very passage and its profound implications re citizenship. IMHO, Acts has the potential to be an incredible movie...or even serial a la Lord of the Rings.
28 posted on 01/08/2013 4:32:45 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

I’m sure we’ll see a whole new side to Punches Pilot. [cough cough]

Thanks 2ndDivisionVet.


29 posted on 01/08/2013 4:32:52 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: NYer; 2ndDivisionVet

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks 2ndDivisionVet.

Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


30 posted on 01/08/2013 4:39:05 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: 353FMG

I thought Basil Rathbone made an effectively dastardly, aristocratic Pilate in THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEII.


31 posted on 01/08/2013 4:44:02 PM PST by Argus
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To: RightOnline

here’s the trailer for World War Z: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcwTxRuq-uk


32 posted on 01/08/2013 5:45:27 PM PST by vladimir998
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To: Joe 6-pack

That’s because Pilate effortlessly shifted from Latin to Aramaic. Most people in the audience miss the point because they can’t tell one language from another.

I always said Hristo Shopov should have received an Oscar just for how he managed to look surprised (that Jesus could speak Latin) while trying to not look too surprised. It’s all in his face. It’s beautiful. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsSb2VFRbyo

It always reminds me of the face of centurion in Ben Hur who wanted to stop Christ from giving water to Ben Hur. The look on his face when He looks at Christ is priceless: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVlf7OiiTJE


33 posted on 01/08/2013 5:57:10 PM PST by vladimir998
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To: RightOnline

Never saw it.....hell, never heard of it. What’s it about? Really that bad? Pitt’s usually very good.

lol. Of course you haven’t. It does not come out until at the earliest Summer 2013.


34 posted on 01/08/2013 6:22:38 PM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: Chipper

Nothing will save Brad Pitt from how badly he screwed up World War Z.

Are you in it? Did you get a sneak peak? How did you see it when it does not come out for at least six months? Are you exaggerating or trying to bash something that was impossible for you to see???? Has to be one of those explanations.


35 posted on 01/08/2013 6:24:34 PM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: Chipper

Nothing will save Brad Pitt from how badly he screwed up World War Z.

I did your research for you. Amazing that you claim to know all about a movie yet to release. Not only are you incredibly amazing at finding out the future but your bashing movie is not released until June 21, 2013! If you are not aware, today is January 8, 2013.....We are a LONG way away from World War Z release.


36 posted on 01/08/2013 6:27:48 PM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: napscoordinator

Read the book, then watch the trailer and tell me any scene in that trailer that is in the book. I apologize for bunching your panties.


37 posted on 01/08/2013 6:52:27 PM PST by Chipper (You can't kill an Obamazombie by destroying the brain...they didn't have one to begin with.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; a fool in paradise

Tom Cruise as Jesus? Or is it time for a black actor? A retired NFL thug (before he murders) would be best!


38 posted on 01/08/2013 6:57:20 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: madison10
The scenes that made me sob, though, were the ones where Mary was seeing Jesus as a child. Now that I think about it I sobbed through much of the latter part of the film. Not a movie that is easy to be seen more than once.

A lot of people say that scene moved them the most. It did not have quite the effect on me that it did on some because I had seen it done memorably in King Vidor's silent WWI epic The Big Parade. There is a scene in which John Gilbert returns home after having lost a leg in the war. As his mother sees him take halting steps with crutches and one leg, she has a flashback of her son as a baby taking his first steps. Very powerful.

But, the scene in Passion of the Christ is still moving, regardless. What really gets me is the end of the scene, where Jim Caviezel as Christ says "See, mother, I make all things new". Hearing his voice break with the pain of the agony that is occurring is truly overwhelming.

39 posted on 01/09/2013 8:54:22 AM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: Revolting cat!

Will Smith will be playing Jesus. Or else Tom Hanks. Baby needs a new Oscar.


40 posted on 01/09/2013 10:11:00 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: SunkenCiv
Why would an actor who takes "good guy" parts want to play Pilate? And how is there enough historical material about the guy to do a feature length movie? All we know about for sure is his tour of duty in Palestine.

Maybe Hollywood will just make it up. Wouldn't be the first time.

41 posted on 01/09/2013 2:38:06 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker

Because he needs the money? ;’) Because he can’t bear to stay home 24/7 with A.J.? Because Robert Downey, Jr. had already turned down the role? Because he couldn’t run for Senate in Massachusetts?


42 posted on 01/09/2013 5:14:16 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

LOL!


43 posted on 01/10/2013 10:00:22 AM PST by colorado tanker
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To: Fiji Hill

Interestingly, the Latin they were speaking in the film was liturgical Latin, which I’m pretty sure was developed hundreds of years after the first centyry.

...aside from the Italicisms in the liturgical form (softening of C and G, and supposedly the change of V from a W sound to what we know today), it is hardly appropriate to speak of it as a separately developed language, because it is not...were it so, it would be more like one of the early daughter languages developed from late Vulgur Latin...
essentially, it is Caesar’s Latin with some daughter language pronunciation...an improvment in my opinion...speaking of Caesar, those who insist on ‘correct’ classical pronunciation would have us say “wayni, weedy, weecky”...ugh...


44 posted on 01/11/2013 12:51:42 PM PST by IrishBrigade
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To: IrishBrigade
speaking of Caesar, those who insist on ‘correct’ classical pronunciation would have us say “wayni, weedy, weecky”...ugh...

I actually prefer the sound of the classical pronunciation, despite the fact that "Ceasar" and "Cicero" are pronounced "kaiser" and "kickero." Nonetheless, when the Gaylords recorded Veni, Vidi, Vici, I'm glad they used the liturgical pronunciation.

45 posted on 01/11/2013 1:27:15 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: Fiji Hill

I actually prefer the sound of the classical pronunciation, despite the fact that “Ceasar” and “Cicero” are pronounced “kaiser” and “kickero.” Nonetheless, when the Gaylords recorded Veni, Vidi, Vici, I’m glad they used the liturgical pronunciation.

...ah yes, kickero, indeed...I guess I sympathize with James Hilton’s Mr. Chips, who as a Latin teacher was highly indignant with the modernists’ auricular interpretation of a language that hadn’t been heard in over 1500 years, and refused to teach it...good for him...I choose to believe that intervocalic G’s and C’s were already softening by the first century, not because there is any evidence of that but simply because I like it better that way...

...also, kudos to the poster providing the Ben Hur video...an incredible piece of film footage...combined with the moving nativity scene, and its accompanying score, altogether a beautifully done movie...


46 posted on 01/11/2013 2:10:13 PM PST by IrishBrigade
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The familiar version of Pilate is more or less the one played - rather well - by Hristo Shopov in Mel Gibson's The Passion Of The Christ, and by David Bowie in Scorsese's The Last Temptation Of Christ - although perhaps you prefer Telly Savalas in The Greatest Story Ever Told or Michael Palin's portrayal in Life Of Brian.

And Barry Dennen's portrayal showed that Pilate can sing, too.

-PJ

47 posted on 01/11/2013 2:19:25 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Brad’s girlfriend, daughter of the guy who played in “Midnight Cowboy”, yes, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie is scheduled to play Mary.


48 posted on 01/11/2013 2:23:20 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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