Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Mel Gibson tackles addiction, recovery and the controversies over new film
ABC News ^ | 16 February 2004

Posted on 02/16/2004 1:37:39 PM PST by Hal1950

At "the height of spiritual bankruptcy" more than a decade ago, abusing alcohol and drugs, the actor Mel Gibson said he once contemplated hurling himself out a window. But instead, he turned to the Bible, which ultimately inspired him to direct his new movie, The Passion of the Christ.

"I think I just hit my knees," Gibson told Diane Sawyer in an exclusive interview on ABCNEWS' Primetime. "I just said, 'Help.' You know? And then, I began to meditate on it, and that's in the Gospel. I read all those again. I remember reading bits of them when I was younger."

"Pain is the precursor to change, which is great," Gibson said. "That's the good news."

Gibson's renewed faith will be on display for moviegoers to see starting Feb. 25, Ash Wednesday, when The Passion, depicting the final 12 hours of Jesus' life, debuts in theaters.

But in the months leading up to its release, the Aramaic- and Latin-language project has sparked controversy, which Gibson discussed with Sawyer on the special Monday-night edition of Primetime.

Religious leaders and critics are debating whether the film's dramatization of Jesus' crucifixion is excessively violent and whether the depiction of the Jewish role in Jesus' death could incite anti-Semitic sentiments.

Blaming the Messenger?

Gibson insisted on Primetime he is no anti-Semite, and that anti-Semitism is "un-Christian" and a sin that "goes against the tenets of my faith."

When asked who killed Jesus, Gibson said, "The big answer is, we all did. I'll be the first in the culpability stakes here."

Gibson told Sawyer he simply tried his best to interpret the Gospels in The Passion of the Christ.

"Critics who have a problem with me don't really have a problem with me in this film," Gibson said. "They have a problem with the four Gospels. That's where their problem is."

Asked whether it was the Jews who killed Jesus, Gibson noted Jesus, "was a child of Israel, among other children of Israel. There were Jews and Romans in Israel. There were no Norwegians there. The Jewish Sanhedrin, and those who they held sway over — and the Romans — were the material agents of his demise."

'Potential to Fuel Anti-Semitism'

Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, told Sawyer in remarks broadcast along with Gibson's interview that he doesn't believe Gibson is anti-Semitic. But Foxman still has concerns about The Passion of the Christ.

"I do not believe it's an anti-Semitic movie," Foxman said. "I believe that this movie has the potential to fuel anti-Semitism, to reinforce it."

"This is his vision, his faith; he's a true believer, and I respect that," Foxman said. "But there are times that there are unintended consequences."

Gibson raised hackles recently with published statements in which he noted Holocaust victims were among many victims of World War II. He told Sawyer he doesn't mean to deny either that the Holocaust occurred or that there were millions killed.

"Do I believe that there were concentration camps where defenseless and innocent Jews died cruelly under the Nazi regime? Of course I do; absolutely," he said. "It was an atrocity of monumental proportion."

Asked if the Holocaust represented a "particular kind of evil," he told Sawyer it did, but added, "Why do you need me to tell you? It's like, it's obvious. They're killed because of who and what they are. Is that not evil enough?"

Gibson added that there also are other examples of genocide.

"The Turks murdered half of the Armenians in ethnic cleansing," he told Sawyer. "The Hutus got to the Tutsis. Or was it the other way around? I can't remember. And the Nazis killed Jews because they were Jews, in the Holocaust. OK? So, you know, I don't want to get into this comparative martyrdom stuff either. That's not what it's about."

'Faith, Hope, Love and Forgiveness'

Gibson said those who accuse him or his film of sparking anti-Semitism avoid the central point he had hoped to make.

"I don't want people to make it about the blame game," Gibson said. "It's about faith, hope, love and forgiveness. That's what this film is about. It's about Christ's sacrifice."

Jesus Christ "was beaten for our iniquities," Gibson said. "He was wounded for our transgressions and by his wounds we are healed. That's the point of the film. It's not about pointing the fingers."

"It's about faith, hope, love and forgiveness," he said. "It is reality for me. … I believe that. I have to … for my own sake … so I can hope, so I can live."

'Didn't Want to Go On' Gibson suggested his life was not quite as full of spirituality when he hit bottom about 13 years ago.

"I just didn't want to go on," he told Sawyer.

"Everyone's got something," he added. "I would get addicted to anything, anything at all. Okay? Doesn't matter what it is … drugs, booze, anything. You name it — coffee, cigarettes, anything. Alright? I'm just one of these guys who is like that. That's my flaw.

"I checked into a few places, and sorted myself out," Gibson said. "I didn't make a big noise about it. There's no point in doing that. You know? I mean, the real medal goes to my wife, who's a wonderful woman."

At his lowest, Gibson said he considered jumping out a window.

"I was looking down thinking, 'Man, this is just easier this way,' " he said. "You have to be mad, you have to be insane, to despair in that way. But that is the height of spiritual bankruptcy. There's nothing left."

The "spiritual bankruptcy" led him to reexamine Christianity, and ultimately to create The Passion of the Christ — "my vision … with God's help" of the final hours in the life of Jesus.

'I Wanted it to Be Shocking'

Asked whether he considers his film the definitive depiction of the passion, Gibson said: "This is my version of what happened, according to the gospels and what I wanted to show — the aspects of it I wanted to show."

Some critics wonder if Gibson chose to portray the story too graphically.

Gibson admitted his version is "very violent," but added, "If you don't like it, don't go. … If you want to leave halfway through, go ahead."

"I wanted it to be shocking," Gibson said. "And I also wanted it to be extreme. I wanted it to push the viewer over the edge … so that they see the enormity — the enormity of that sacrifice — to see that someone could endure that and still come back with love and forgiveness, even through extreme pain and suffering and ridicule."

Foxman hopes viewers come away with that sort of message, rather than anger or bias.

"I hope that most people see it, Diane, as a passion of love," Foxman said. "Maybe when it's all over, in a sobering manner, we'll be able to come back and look each other in the face and say, 'We have to deal with this hatred that's still out there.'"

Gibson, too, wants dialogue.

"Let's get this out on the table and talk about it," he said. "This is what the Talmud says. This is what the Gospel says. Let's talk. Let's talk. People are asking questions about things that have been buried a long time."

"I hope it inspires introspection, and I think it does," Gibson said. "I want to inspire and make people feel."


TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS:
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-65 next last

1 posted on 02/16/2004 1:37:39 PM PST by Hal1950
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Hal1950
When asked who killed Jesus, Gibson said, "The big answer is, we all did. I'll be the first in the culpability stakes here."

Someone can make some money here if they come out with T-shirts that say, "I killed Jesus..." on the front and "...with my sin." on the back.

2 posted on 02/16/2004 1:48:04 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn’t be, in its eyes, a slave.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Hal1950
Mel, gets it.
3 posted on 02/16/2004 1:48:32 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn’t be, in its eyes, a slave.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Blood of Tyrants
Mel Gibson possesses a soul in the process of redemning itself. He rises above the stench of Hollywood like a phoenix.
4 posted on 02/16/2004 2:10:21 PM PST by FormerACLUmember (Man rises to greatness if greatness is expected of him)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: truthandlife
Want to let out a Passion ping?
5 posted on 02/16/2004 2:56:29 PM PST by Texas2step
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Blood of Tyrants; NYer; kstewskis
He is -- it is -- as it was.

Blessings -- Brian
6 posted on 02/16/2004 3:12:36 PM PST by Brian Allen (O! Ye that love mankind! Ye that dare oppose, not only the tyranny, but the tyrant, stand forth!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Blood of Tyrants; Hal1950
<< When asked who killed Jesus, Gibson said, "The big answer is, we all did. I'll be the first in the culpability stakes here." >>

Mr Gibson's hand appears in the film.

Holding the nails driven into The Christ's hands and feet.

Mr Gibson gets it.
7 posted on 02/16/2004 3:16:56 PM PST by Brian Allen (O! Ye that love mankind! Ye that dare oppose, not only the tyranny, but the tyrant, stand forth!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Hal1950
Religious leaders and critics are debating whether the film's dramatization of Jesus' crucifixion is excessively violent

Yeah, because in reality, lashings followed by crucifixion were a relatively peaceful affair,involving minor discomfort and minimal bleeding. Why is Mel trying to porray it as such a bad thing?

8 posted on 02/16/2004 3:23:06 PM PST by Sloth (We cannot defeat foreign enemies of the Constitution if we yield to the domestic ones.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: FormerACLUmember
I think the movie is going to make Hollywood sit up and take notice, financially, if Fandango's stats are an indicator: "The result has created a "Lord of the Rings"-sized surge in advance sales. Online ticket agent Fandango reported that in the first week in February, "The Passion" accounted for 50 percent of sales. That figure hovered at 70 percent the following week"

I have a feeling that Passion is going to make back its production and distribution costs in the first week of release.

9 posted on 02/16/2004 3:29:12 PM PST by SauronOfMordor (No anchovies!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: All
BTW, the more advance ticket sales happen, the more likely that theater owners are going to put it on their biggest screen on opening day.
10 posted on 02/16/2004 3:46:39 PM PST by SauronOfMordor (No anchovies!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: SauronOfMordor
Mel added 20 million more for distribution, publicity and other items. Total cost about 50 million dollars.

He is opening on a non-holiday Wednesday, NOT the usual Friday, a risky move as he needs a huge outcome the first few days the film is out. He should get it. It is a media event.

R rating, and theaters are actually going to look at proof of age and turn people away. When was the last time you saw THAT at a local multiplex.

Groups are the answer. Under 17 teenagers are so used to violence this will not upset most of them. Getting to view the film is more of a problem.

Later with the DVD, The Pay showings that will probably be an annual affair around Easter, the other tie-ins and the world wide distribution. Mel should do okay.

My only worry is that certain groups may use the film as a pretense to harm Jews and their institutions. And I do NOT mean people who have seen the movie and believe as Gibson does.
11 posted on 02/16/2004 3:55:42 PM PST by catonsville
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Hal1950
Asked whether it was the Jews who killed Jesus, Gibson noted Jesus, "was a child of Israel, among other children of Israel. There were Jews and Romans in Israel. There were no Norwegians there.

No moose either. Wonder if they served cheese?

(...running and ducking...)

12 posted on 02/16/2004 4:52:01 PM PST by kstewskis (9 more days until "The Passion of the Christ" is released, and no I'm NOT giving up Mel for Lent!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Brian Allen; Northern Yankee; barbcsr; Uncle Jaque; DallasMike; Barnacle; karenbarinka; dakine; ...
Thanks for the heads up Brian!

Order your advanced tickets for "The Passion of The Christ"!

1-800-353-6102

1-888-227-1152

Send Mel a message of support!

Needing promotional materials for "The Passion of The Christ" to share with family, friends, or your church?

Share THE PASSION during the holy season of Lenten renewal

This is a ping list for those who wish to share in viewing Mel Gibson's film, The Passion, while observing the traditions of Lent together.

If you want on or off this list, please FReepmail Northern Yankee

If you want to see what areas and countries are supporting the film, and how you can support and promote The Passion of Christ (the official title) to show at a theater near you, please visit this link: Support The Passion of Christ

The Passion of Christ main page (another awesome link thanks to Paul Atreides!)

13 posted on 02/16/2004 4:53:57 PM PST by kstewskis (9 more days until "The Passion of the Christ" is released, and no I'm NOT giving up Mel for Lent!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Admin Moderator; Sidebar Moderator
OOps! Sorry.

Title was different!


14 posted on 02/16/2004 4:58:22 PM PST by AAABEST (<a href="http://www.angelqueen.org">Traditional Catholicism is Back and Growing</a>)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: AAABEST
Less than an hour to go. VCR on standby...
15 posted on 02/16/2004 6:14:58 PM PST by Possenti
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: AAABEST
Got the ping and followed it here.

We've already got tickets to see "The Passion" here in Richmond on Ash Wednesday and can't wait. God bless Mel Gibson.
16 posted on 02/16/2004 6:40:31 PM PST by Flora McDonald (Stand the Storm!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: Blood of Tyrants
Praise God. May the Lord truly bless Mel for his honesty and humility. I certainly plan to see the movie.!!
17 posted on 02/16/2004 7:27:12 PM PST by Canadian Outrage (All us Western Canuks belong South!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Brian Allen
Hi Brian!! Keeping well??
18 posted on 02/16/2004 7:28:09 PM PST by Canadian Outrage (All us Western Canuks belong South!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Brian Allen
And YES, Mel certainly does "get it"!! He's been to the cross.
19 posted on 02/16/2004 7:29:07 PM PST by Canadian Outrage (All us Western Canuks belong South!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Brian Allen
'The Agony of Love' - Study of The Crucifixion...On-line radio by Chuck Missler

...What happened to Christ while he hung on the cross? How can one who is immortal die?

20 posted on 02/16/2004 7:36:12 PM PST by harbingr ('In this study, Dr. Mark Eastman highlights the medical and forensic aspects of the crucifixion,...')
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: harbingr
.

HATE killed JESUS and lost.

.
21 posted on 02/16/2004 7:50:17 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 www.LZXRAY.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: Canadian Outrage
.

...MEL GIBSON is...

...Lt. Col. HAL G. MOORE..

...in the .."WE WERE SOLDIERS"..

...Battle in the Valley of Death that was the IA DRANG of 1965


http://www.WeWereSoldiers.com
http://www.lzxray.com



Signed:.."ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer / Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965

http://www.lzxray.com/guyer_collection.htm
(IA DRANG-1965 Photos)

.
22 posted on 02/16/2004 7:55:33 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 www.LZXRAY.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: ALOHA RONNIE
Wow, neat! I LOVED that show "We were Soldiers". I also LOVED the film "The Patriot". Thanks for the links.
23 posted on 02/16/2004 8:01:47 PM PST by Canadian Outrage (All us Western Canuks belong South!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: Canadian Outrage
.

...T'was All in GOD's Plan, CO...

...All in His Plan.


ALOHA

.
24 posted on 02/16/2004 8:23:34 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 www.LZXRAY.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: ALOHA RONNIE
Mel Gibson is (or was) a member of the John Birch Society and has one of the magazine covers for their magazine, "The New American" on the wall of his apt in the movie "Conspiracy Theory."

I just saw the interview with Diane Sawyer and felt that she exhibited a look of true HORROR throughout the interview. Such is the look of evil when confronted with the unmitigated truth and love as presented in the Gospels. My prediction: Liberals will continue to try and vilify this film and just won't understand why they're unsuccessful. I'd love to see what Ann Coulter has to say about their efforts.

25 posted on 02/16/2004 8:25:32 PM PST by ExSoldier (When the going gets tough, the tough go cyclic.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: ALOHA RONNIE
Sure was. Obviously the Holy Spirit was "dealing" with Mel for sometime. But your right, God had Mel picked out many years ago.
26 posted on 02/16/2004 8:33:33 PM PST by Canadian Outrage (All us Western Canuks belong South!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: Blood of Tyrants
Someone can make some money here if they come out with T-shirts that say, "I killed Jesus..." on the front and "...with my sin." on the back.

Sort of flies in the face, though, of Jesus saying that no man takes his life from, that he has the power to lay it down and the power to take it up again. He chose to die on account of our sins, but our sins didn't kill him.
27 posted on 02/16/2004 8:36:20 PM PST by aruanan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: ExSoldier
NEVER FORGET


Diane Sawyer helped send Little ELIAN back to Communist Cuba =


'ELIAN's -Cold Dead Eyes- in Cuba'


http://www.Freerepublic.com/forum/a395a99a7020f.htm


NEVER FORGET
28 posted on 02/16/2004 8:40:33 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 www.LZXRAY.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: Blood of Tyrants
Someone can make some money here if they come out with T-shirts that say, "I killed Jesus..." on the front and "...with my sin." on the back.

I don't reccomend you wear one around El Paso, Corpus Cristi or Houston....Likely not San Diego or Tucson, neither....

29 posted on 02/16/2004 9:04:17 PM PST by archy (Concrete shoes, cyanide, TNT! Done dirt cheap! Neckties, contracts, high voltage...Done dirt cheap!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: ExSoldier
'I just saw the interview with Diane Sawyer and felt that she exhibited a look of true HORROR throughout the interview. Such is the look of evil when confronted with the unmitigated truth and love as presented in the Gospels. '

Exactly what I was thinking - she also had to interview the liberal Ex-priest...

Here's a recent British education article...
'Children should learn more about atheism and less about Jesus, says Labour think-tank'
By Melissa Kite, Deputy Political Editor Telegraph Group Limited

...Excerpt...
'The teaching of religious education in schools should be renamed spiritual education, with children being taught more about atheism and less about the life of Jesus and the 10 Commandments, according to the Government's favourite think-tank.
The lessons should be widened to include "non-religious belief systems", a report by the Institute For Public Policy Research says. It calls for equal weight to be given to agnosticism and humanism as is given to Christianity...

30 posted on 02/16/2004 9:13:17 PM PST by harbingr (and, of course..'Children should be taught about Cults, Paganism, and Environmentalism...')
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: Blood of Tyrants
"Mel, gets it."

. . .and Dianne does not. . .

Seems pretty clear that the anti-Jew/anti-semite baiting they claim Mel is guilty of is actually being promulgated by the Lib Media themselves.

Surprise NOT, of course.

31 posted on 02/16/2004 9:26:09 PM PST by cricket
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Canadian Outrage
Yes, but he is a willing vessel now. Mel Rocks!!!
32 posted on 02/16/2004 10:44:01 PM PST by Lawdoc
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: Blood of Tyrants
Sargent Major hand out the last of the ammunition - delay.. fix bayonets - charge

I really don't care what any one here has to say about this man.

All i Have to say is I need to see his new movie!
33 posted on 02/16/2004 10:56:10 PM PST by ezoeni
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Lawdoc
I also loved his comment about wanting to be left alone by "pitching his tent by the WMDs so that nobody would ever find (him)" the man is funny!
34 posted on 02/16/2004 11:41:52 PM PST by Lawdoc
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: ExSoldier; ALOHA RONNIE

Here's what Michael Savage has to say about "The Passion":

The Capture of Jesus choreographed in Kurosawa-esque movements.

The ancient Hebrew, Aramaic, and Latin linguistics.

A must for every Christian and Jew; every rebel, independent, iconoclast who has felt the blunt steel of rejection, isolation, humiliation, or castigation.

As for portraying Jews in a negative light - a resounding NO! That is, for rational educated people. There is always the fear that bigots will use this film as they might use any pretext to advance their hateful agenda. The wild card question is: How will radical Muslims use this film? Will they seek to turn Christians against Jews?

During the trial of Jesus, two ancient Hebrew Judges who loudly claim the hearing biased are boldly thrown from the court. The biased judges do not want to hear the opinion that Jesus is innocent of the charges against him. Good Jews. Fair Jews. Bad Jews. Biased Jews.

Good Romans. Bad Romans. Like today, in historical context. A passion play about faith and fear, the blessed and the cursed.

The loyal and traitorous. For everyone who has craved a portrait of living biblical history, there has never been a more accurate portrayal.

The Judas-tree scene alone is worth the price of admission. Both for its dramatic content as for its moral imperative. For every parent wanting to instill moral values in a child, The Passion can be a good teacher.

But we mustn't run from the most pregnant question. Some Jewish organizations have legitimate fears that this remarkable work of art might instigate hatred against the Jewish people. We cannot predict what demented bigots might do nor should we permit them to dictate the terms of our civilization and its artistic creations.

How is it that the most vile films imaginable are being made with little or no protest from the very same organizations attacking Gibson's artistic creation.

Murder, Rape, Drug Usage - all standard fare in a theater near you. No protest about these vile works from these organizations who object to what appears to be 100% biblically correct.

Following the screening of his controversial film, Mr. Gibson asked me what I thought of it. I said, "Of course there are going to be those who are going to look to blame the Jewish people, but it is the Romans who flay Jesus nearly to death and who actually crucify him." I added, "Mel, what are people going to do, stop eating pasta!" There was then much laughter all around the boardroom. But I repeat, are people to stop eating Italian food because of Pontius Pilate and the Roman sadists? It would be foolish to think so.

Link to article: http://www.homestead.com/prosites-prs/savagepassion.html


35 posted on 02/16/2004 11:55:59 PM PST by ppaul
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: Hal1950
BUMP
36 posted on 02/16/2004 11:56:42 PM PST by ppaul
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ExSoldier
I saw the interview too, and thought the same.

I made special concessions to see the interview, and wasnot disappointed!!

Way to go Mel, thanks for your honesty, your humility, and the Gift that God gave you.

37 posted on 02/16/2004 11:59:48 PM PST by PurVirgo (Here's a tip - Never weedeat the dog pen with your mouth open)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: Sloth; JennieOsborne; /\XABN584; 10mm; 3D-JOY; 5Madman; <1/1,000,000th%; 11B3; 1Peter2:16; ...
Yeah, because in reality, lashings followed by crucifixion were a relatively peaceful affair,involving minor discomfort and minimal bleeding. Why is Mel trying to porray it as such a bad thing?

EXCELLENT point well made....... but you forgot the /sarcasm> tag....

FReegards,

David C. Osborne - Autobiography

38 posted on 02/17/2004 2:32:38 AM PST by davidosborne (www.davidosborne.net)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: davidosborne
BTTT!!!!!!
39 posted on 02/17/2004 3:05:39 AM PST by E.G.C.
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

To: ExSoldier
I just saw the interview with Diane Sawyer and felt that she exhibited a look of true HORROR throughout the interview. Such is the look of evil when confronted with the unmitigated truth and love as presented in the Gospels. My prediction: Liberals will continue to try and vilify this film and just won't understand why they're unsuccessful.

You are absolutely right. Diane Sawyer looked at Gibson throughout the interview as if he were a madman and acted appalled at his responses to her.

40 posted on 02/17/2004 3:37:26 AM PST by TennTuxedo
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: TennTuxedo
BTTT
41 posted on 02/17/2004 4:21:00 AM PST by davidosborne (www.davidosborne.net)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

To: ALOHA RONNIE
<< Canadian Outrage
.

...MEL GIBSON is...

...Lt. Col. HAL G. MOORE..

...in the .."WE WERE SOLDIERS".. >>



Out of enormous love and respect for folks like you, Ronnie -- and Hal Moore -- and The Christ -- Mel Gibson MADE We Were Soldiers.

And Braveheart and some other big-on-risk -- large on love -- HUGE HEART motion pictures.

Including The Passion OF The Christ -- which may kill him off in Hollywood.

And alter the course of the next 2000 years or so.

Blessings -- Brian

42 posted on 02/17/2004 4:29:01 AM PST by Brian Allen (O! Ye that love mankind! Ye that dare oppose, not only the tyranny, but the tyrant, stand forth!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: TennTuxedo

But she didn't utter another peep after Mr. Gibson told her, "Diane, don't go there," when she was trying to make him apologize for the traditional Catholicism of his father. THAT is the way to handle the media, Pres. Bush.
43 posted on 02/17/2004 4:36:36 AM PST by kittymyrib
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

To: TennTuxedo; ExSoldier; NYer; Aquinasfan
re: Diane Sawyer's "horror"

Apparently, she must be appalled at what millions of American Christians believe. Mel stuck straight with the Gospel accounts of Jesus. Ms. Sawyer represents the secular humanist liberal mafia who manipulate the presentation of reality through the Big News media. Limousine liberals. Apparently they feel they stand in judgment of Christians (as morally superior human beings). Just another goofy, self-righteous liberal.

44 posted on 02/17/2004 4:45:24 AM PST by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

To: HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
"The Turks murdered half of the Armenians in ethnic cleansing," he told Sawyer.

I like how Mel worked that one in too. They picked the wrong guy to go after.

45 posted on 02/17/2004 5:08:15 AM PST by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 44 | View Replies]

To: SauronOfMordor
I have a feeling that Passion is going to make back its production and distribution costs in the first week of release.

I think it should go over the $1B mark when all is said and done, and I'll stick with my original prediction that this will be the top grossing movie in history.

46 posted on 02/17/2004 5:12:05 AM PST by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: archy
Thanks for the warning.
47 posted on 02/17/2004 5:40:19 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn’t be, in its eyes, a slave.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: aruanan
yes, I understand, but our sin made in necessary for him to die to atone for them.
48 posted on 02/17/2004 5:41:28 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn’t be, in its eyes, a slave.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: cricket
There are very few if any believers on the far left. The louder the left wing Christ haters howl, the closer to the heart we are striking.
49 posted on 02/17/2004 5:43:22 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn’t be, in its eyes, a slave.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: TennTuxedo
Diane Sawyer looked at Gibson throughout the interview as if he were a madman and acted appalled at his responses to her.

To understand Diane, you've really got to remember her "interview" of Ken Starr where she was horrified that he sings hymns. Diane is the prom queen. Her values are popularity and smug sophistication.

This religion stuff is an embarrassing flaw in the little people. Thankfully, there is no-one in her dinner party circuit who thinks like that.

50 posted on 02/17/2004 6:05:01 AM PST by Taliesan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-65 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson