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ABC scored with Mel Gibson and Jesus Christ
Fox News ^ | Feb 18th,2004 | Adam Buckman

Posted on 02/18/2004 1:26:26 PM PST by missyme

Gibson's first TV interview on the subject of his new controversial movie about Jesus drew 17 million viewers Monday night at 10, according to Nielsen figures released yesterday by ABC.

Diane Sawyer (search) conducted the interview for a special edition of ABC's "Primetime," (search) subtitled "Mel Gibson's Passion."

The numbers should be enough to land this edition of "Primetime" among the top 20 highest-rated shows of the week. They also indicate a strong appetite for the subject of Christ, especially as it pertains to the firestorm surrounding Gibson's movie, "The Passion of the Christ."

The movie, which Gibson directed and produced, is scheduled to open in one week, on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 25.

It's a graphic depiction of the bloody final hours of Jesus' life based on biblical accounts. For months, the movie has drawn accusations of anti-Semitism from Jewish groups angered by the movie's depiction of the role of Jews in Christ's crucifixion.

Gibson was last interviewed on the subject in The New Yorker last September and does not appear poised to make the talk-show rounds in the coming week.

His only booking appears to be "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on Feb. 26, the day after the movie's release.

In the meantime, NBC's "Dateline" will have a full hour Friday night (beginning at 9) on the final days of Christ. The show, anchored by Stone Phillips, uses the movie as a jumping-off point for an in-depth look at what is known and not known about Christ's final days.

The show uses ancient texts, plus interviews with experts who can interpret them, to retrace Christ's activities in the days leading up to his crucifixion.

And Sunday night, Pax TV (Ch. 31) will present Gibson's own documentary about the making of his movie, titled "The Making of 'The Passion of the Christ' " (9-10 p.m.).

The special includes interviews with the movie's cast and crew - including Gibson - although the director does not use the "Making of" special to address the controversy surrounding the film, a Pax spokeswoman said.


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1 posted on 02/18/2004 1:26:26 PM PST by missyme
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To: missyme
Hmmm. Every ad I saw had Sawyer asking Mel if he was Anti-semitic followed by a quick shot of a wide-eyed Mel. I guess the ads won.
2 posted on 02/18/2004 1:29:22 PM PST by evolved_rage (All your base are belong to us.)
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To: missyme
Gibson bows to pressure, changes "The Passion"

In a move designed to appease detractors who have labeled his upcoming movie antisemitic, Mel Gibson has made numerous changes to the controversial film.

"I am just sick of the fight," remarked Gibson from his offices late Tuesday night. "The movie was intended to be a very personal statement of my faith, but the controversy has has changed it into something else entirely. I hope that these changes remove the bad feelings but still leaves at its core the message I was trying to convey". The re-shoots were reportedly done in secret last weekend.

Gibson, a Catholic, had come under fire when early viewers of the movie reported that it places the blame for the death of Jesus Christ on Jews, and many fear that the film will inspire hatred or even violence against them. Although the details of the changes to the movie were not confirmed, sources at Gibson's production company give the following details:

Insiders who have seen the changes have had mixed reactions. Actor James Caviezel was apparently unavailable for re-shoots, and in the new scenes Jesus was played by a much taller man who holds a cape over his face.

The film opens nationwide this Friday.

3 posted on 02/18/2004 1:31:08 PM PST by jeffo
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To: missyme
What bothers people is Mel actually believes...THE MESSAGE. And it is precisely his firm conviction that unsettles people who have gone astray in a flea market of philosophies that sell cheap, and render no use to the inner person that desires to know his Creator.
4 posted on 02/18/2004 1:31:45 PM PST by rovenstinez
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To: missyme; newgeezer
It was a Mel Gibson love-in. She played softball with him and most of it was about Mel not about Jesus. I wish that she'd have asked him about gay marriage. She and her ilk will do their best to grill W on that issue but Mel gets a free hr of advertising. OK there was a little gospel there too, just a little.
5 posted on 02/18/2004 1:33:00 PM PST by biblewonk (I must try to answer all bible questions.)
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To: missyme
I watched about three-quarters of the show. The fact it was hosted by Diane Sawyer almost made me miss it entirely.
6 posted on 02/18/2004 1:34:40 PM PST by My2Cents ("Well...there you go again.")
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To: missyme
ABC scored with Mel Gibson and Jesus Christ

That's not the best title.

7 posted on 02/18/2004 1:35:01 PM PST by JohnnyZ (People don't just bump into each other and have sex. This isn't Cinemax! -- Jerry)
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To: missyme
The show uses ancient texts, plus interviews with experts who can interpret them, to retrace Christ's activities in the days leading up to his crucifixion.

Do they mean "the Gospels"?

8 posted on 02/18/2004 1:35:40 PM PST by My2Cents ("Well...there you go again.")
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To: jeffo
You forgot the other change, Jesus is going to be played by Whoopie Goldburg.

Pray for W and The Salvation of Iraq

9 posted on 02/18/2004 1:36:47 PM PST by bray (Vote Kerry, 10,000 Al Queda can't be wrong!)
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To: missyme
The show uses ancient texts, plus interviews with experts who can interpret them

I cringe to think who they might consider experts.

10 posted on 02/18/2004 1:37:22 PM PST by JohnnyZ (People don't just bump into each other and have sex. This isn't Cinemax! -- Jerry)
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To: jeffo
The re-shoots were reportedly done in secret last weekend.

LOL. This is hilarious. Did you write this yourself?

11 posted on 02/18/2004 1:39:34 PM PST by Maximilian
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To: jeffo
in the new scenes Jesus was played by a much taller man who holds a cape over his face.

LOL...Film has been retitled, "Savior 9 From Outer Space"

12 posted on 02/18/2004 1:39:41 PM PST by My2Cents ("Well...there you go again.")
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To: missyme
"The show uses ancient texts, plus interviews with experts who can interpret them..."

D'oh *smacks forehead
13 posted on 02/18/2004 1:40:22 PM PST by Constantine XIII
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To: missyme
Amos and other places in the bible describe the famine of the last days will be for the truth, and for the word of God. It's good to see that there are still a few million that want to be fed. I hope the movie does a good job.
14 posted on 02/18/2004 1:40:56 PM PST by MissAmericanPie
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To: My2Cents
The show uses ancient texts, plus interviews with experts who can interpret them, to retrace Christ's activities in the days leading up to his crucifixion. Do they mean "the Gospels"?

Yes, but since none of them attend services or know the least thing about the Bible, they don't know the word.

15 posted on 02/18/2004 1:46:29 PM PST by colorado tanker ("There are but two parties now, Traitors and Patriots")
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To: missyme
These reports keep emphasizing the people who charge the movie is anti-Semitic.

Very little is being said about the content. That's the real issue. Who is Jesus, what did He do that He was crucified, and how in heaven's name did He rise from the dead, as the Gospels' eyewitness accounts say.

THERE'S the real story.
16 posted on 02/18/2004 1:48:27 PM PST by GretchenEE ("Tough times don't last. Tough people do." - Gregory Peck)
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To: jeffo
Thanks for the update at post #3. This is good news for the theologically squeamish.
17 posted on 02/18/2004 1:52:06 PM PST by GretchenEE ("Tough times don't last. Tough people do." - Gregory Peck)
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To: My2Cents
The show uses ancient texts, plus interviews with experts who can interpret them, to retrace Christ's activities in the days leading up to his crucifixion.

Do they mean "the Gospels"?

Of course not. If the 'ancient texts' were going to be those in the Bible, they'd have said so. The fact they feel they need something else says they reject the authority of the Bible. They'll claim to include the Gospels, but it will be as one source among many - and I'd take a large bet the Gospels will not be shown as the most reliable source.

They'll probably find an 'ancient text' which reports what was described in Matthew 28. After the guards reported what had happened, the chief priests and elders, devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, telling them, "You are to say, 'His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.'..."...And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.
18 posted on 02/18/2004 2:00:24 PM PST by Gorjus
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To: jeffo
Instead, Jesus' death is sought by a large group of terrorist aliens from another galaxy.

Whew! You had me goin' there for a minute. But we know the bad guys have to be white Aryan racists (as in the movie version of 'Sum of All Fears'). No way the libs would allow us to insult the no-doubt disadvantaged and persecuted aliens. Why, if Gibson changed to that story line, he might as well not even have bothered.
19 posted on 02/18/2004 2:03:30 PM PST by Gorjus
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To: Maximilian
LOL. This is hilarious. Did you write this yourself?

Yes, thanks, I am good for one funny a year, and dang its only February.

20 posted on 02/18/2004 2:04:57 PM PST by jeffo
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To: biblewonk
I wish that she'd have asked him about gay marriage. She and her ilk will do their best to grill W on that issue but Mel gets a free hr of advertising.

Why should she have asked him about gay marriage? The interview was about the movie. Unlike "other" Hollywood types, Mel tends to stay out of politics and not give an unsolicited opinion every other day. 'Sides Mel isn't running for office...

21 posted on 02/18/2004 2:07:07 PM PST by madison10
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To: missyme
"The man was bent over and had his wrists lashed to his ankles so that his back was fully exposed." "The scourging was administered by two men. One man was taller than the other. The shorter of the two was more brutal with his lashes. The taller man was somewhat hesistant in his lashes."

"There was not one inch of skin left unscathed on the man's back and buttocks. Several spots on his back were opened to the bone. The lashes wrapped around the body onto the chest area. However, as was customary with the Romans when administering a scourging, the area around the heart suffered no trauma. The penalty for a Roman soldier accidently killing a prisoner by scourging before the prisoner could be crucified was to take that prisoner's place on the cross."

"He was taken prisoner while he was saying his prayers."

"The strange appearance of the eyes is because they are not the actual eyes but coins. Each eye is covered by a coin minted in 30-35 A.D. and commonly referred to as the "widow's mite."

"There was evidence of a "cap" of thorns not placed on his head but jammed down into the scalp and forehead as if it was put on his head and then hit into place with either a board or the flat portion of a sword. It was not fashioned into a "crown" but more likely it was lopped of a thorn bush with a sword and jammed down onto the head."

"I cannot tell you if the man was Jesus Christ. But I can tell you he suffered terribly in the same manner as Jesus Christ."

Mr. Paul Bromley explaining the findings of the group of which he was a member that examined the Shroud of Turin, speaking to a church group in 1982.

22 posted on 02/18/2004 2:08:55 PM PST by N. Theknow (John Kerry is nothing more than Ted Kennedy without a dead girl in the car.)
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To: madison10
Why should she have asked him about gay marriage? The interview was about the movie. Unlike "other" Hollywood types, Mel tends to stay out of politics and not give an unsolicited opinion every other day. 'Sides Mel isn't running for office...

Be the interview was about the movie which was based on his religion. The whole gay issue is also a religious issue. Mel didn't stay out of politics because of his little WMD remark. The question would have been perfectly appropriate but it wasn't asked because the interview was designed to sell the movie and Mel.

23 posted on 02/18/2004 2:11:01 PM PST by biblewonk (I must try to answer all bible questions.)
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To: biblewonk
Gosh, Mel apparently gave two ABC interviews: the one broadcast Mondays night and the one you're talking about.
24 posted on 02/18/2004 2:15:42 PM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: Gorjus
devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, telling them, "You are to say, 'His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.'..."

Sounds like the plot of an ABC made-for-TV movie.

25 posted on 02/18/2004 2:19:01 PM PST by My2Cents ("Well...there you go again.")
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To: jeffo
Although Jesus remains of Jewish lineage in the movie, no other Jews appear in the movie. Instead, Jesus' death is sought by a large group of terrorist aliens from another galaxy.

Oh, so now he was crucified by Scientologists?


26 posted on 02/18/2004 2:19:45 PM PST by TommyDale
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To: biblewonk
I stand by my original comment. Why should he be asked about, or give an opinion about, gay marriage when the whole interview involved THE MOVIE? Maybe another time, when/if he is running for mayor of San Francisco, Mel can give his opinion about YOUR subject. ;)

So what if the whole interview was about THE MOVIE? That was the point...
27 posted on 02/18/2004 2:23:14 PM PST by madison10
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To: biblewonk
Good God! Here you should be thrilled to death "BIBLEWONK" that this movie was made, and yet you strain at some stupid, little gnat about "why didn't they talk about gay marriage." Not much has changed in 2000 years....
28 posted on 02/18/2004 2:23:58 PM PST by AmericaUnited
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To: jeffo
Now that was funny!
29 posted on 02/18/2004 3:18:46 PM PST by Clintons a commie
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To: GretchenEE
According to Mel Gibson during the interview, the issues of who is Jesus, what did He do that He was crucified, and how He rose from the dead are not addressed in his movie.
30 posted on 02/18/2004 3:25:49 PM PST by CalKat
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To: biblewonk
Hey b-w!

I just love how you never miss a chance to flaunt your smarmy, holier than thou attitude!

As usual you are so far off it's actually funny.

Regards,

Lurking'
31 posted on 02/18/2004 3:30:28 PM PST by LurkingSince'98
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To: jeffo
Great post! You had me going for a sec.

He is instead rescued by a company of Navy Seals who represent each of the world's major religions.

That's about right.

32 posted on 02/18/2004 3:34:09 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: missyme
You know the rule about Ann Coulter posts, don't you?

Well, I think we ladies should benefit from a similar rule for Mel Gibson posts...



As far as the controversy about "The Passion" goes, I think it breaks along along these lines-
33 posted on 02/18/2004 3:37:11 PM PST by MaryFromMichigan ("The Passion" If you loved the Book, you'll love the movie)
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To: JohnnyZ
"I cringe to think who they might consider experts."

They will obviously be a carefully-selected un-biased group culled from the Jesus Seminar. < / SARCASM>

34 posted on 02/18/2004 4:27:24 PM PST by semaj ("....by their fruit you will know them.")
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To: biblewonk
I wonder if Sawyer's interview would have been different if her husband wasn't Jewish? Nah, I'm sure that didn't have anything to do with it.
35 posted on 02/18/2004 5:12:59 PM PST by ExposeDem (A true American Patriot.)
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To: Tooters
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MEL GIBSON is...

Lt. Col. HAL G. MOORE in..

"WE WERE SOLDIERS"

http://www.WeWereSoldiers.com
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Signed:.."ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer / A Radioman-Driver-Orderly to Lt. Col. HAL G. MOORE in Vietnam

http://www.lzxray.com/guyer_collection.htm
(Photos)

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36 posted on 02/18/2004 5:28:23 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 www.LZXRAY.com)
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To: missyme
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HATE killed the Christ...

...and lost.

.
37 posted on 02/18/2004 5:44:20 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 www.LZXRAY.com)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Amen to that!
38 posted on 02/18/2004 5:50:25 PM PST by missyme
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To: missyme
This movie will break "Titanic" box-office receipts.
39 posted on 02/18/2004 5:52:13 PM PST by ServesURight (FReecerely Yours,)
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To: jeffo
The re-shoots were reportedly done in secret last weekend.

Baloney. No one does re-shoots days before an opening; it's logistically impossible. Not only does the movie have to be re-cut, but the re-cut version must be shipped to every theater playing the movie. Re-shoots must be done weeks, even months before an opening.

40 posted on 02/18/2004 7:54:51 PM PST by mrustow
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To: CalKat
I don't know how anyone could go see "The Passion of Christ" and either: 1) not know; or 2) not want to find out "the issues of who is Jesus, what did He do that He was crucified, and how He rose from the dead." And I believe that is exactly why Mel made the movie.
41 posted on 02/18/2004 7:58:05 PM PST by GretchenEE ("Tough times don't last. Tough people do." - Gregory Peck)
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To: biblewonk
What an insulting interpretation of that interview. The interview was NOT ABOUT homosexuality. Get a grip.
42 posted on 02/18/2004 8:06:28 PM PST by Haddon
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To: missyme
History according to the left is as it wasn't. Much like Clinton's how do you define "is".

It's too darn bad that Mel Gibson has been ridiculed for putting to film exactly what the Gospels stated. For putting to words what he believes. Haven't his First Amendment Rights been violated? Doesn't he deserve "equal protection under the Constitution".

I was never taught, nor do I believe that the Jews who lived during that time were responsible for Jesus's execution. Oh, a few people were really ticked off at Him, big time. He was a threat to the establishment's power. He was taking them on, entering into their territory, but no way could anything or anyone interfere in Jesus's ultimate destiny. Perhaps, Pontius Pilate could have, actually he was the only mortal who could do so, but perhaps not, a higher power was in charge.

The road to Jesus's death was our road to salvation.

43 posted on 02/18/2004 8:36:34 PM PST by harpo11 (I'm going to make a sacrifice, delete Heinz 57 Sauce from my diet and decrease Heinz-Kerry profits.)
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To: jeffo
What?

No moose?!?!

I am outraged! Incensed!! Angry!!!

Until the moose is represented properly, I will boycott this movie!!!
44 posted on 02/18/2004 8:40:55 PM PST by Tennessee_Bob (LORD, WHAT CAN THE HARVEST HOPE FOR, IF NOT FOR THE CARE OF THE REAPER MAN?)
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To: mrustow
uhhh....post three was done in jest!
45 posted on 02/19/2004 4:37:16 AM PST by mdmathis6
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To: jeffo
Funny stuff!

Was the car chase scene removed as well?
46 posted on 02/19/2004 4:41:49 AM PST by kidd
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To: missyme
BUMP
47 posted on 02/19/2004 4:43:16 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: My2Cents
LOL!
48 posted on 02/19/2004 4:44:13 AM PST by rabidralph (What will be FR's panty-twist topic of the day?)
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To: kidd
Was the car chase scene removed as well?

The "controversial" car chase scene will be included in Stone Phillips' Dateline story, when he interviews those biblical "experts."

49 posted on 02/19/2004 4:46:53 AM PST by rabidralph (What will be FR's panty-twist topic of the day?)
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To: LurkingSince'98
So you were impressed with the whole interview. Perfect, see the movie and buy what ever was advertised.
50 posted on 02/19/2004 6:11:10 AM PST by biblewonk (I must try to answer all bible questions.)
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