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“Barrabas” actor says Passion filming led to his conversion
Catholic News Agency ^ | March 9, 2005

Posted on 03/10/2005 7:06:00 AM PST by NYer

Madrid, Mar. 09, 2005 (CNA) - The Archdiocese of Madrid’s publication “Alpha and Omega” publised an article in its latest edition on the testimony of the actor who played Barrabas in Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ,” who says he experienced a profound conversion while making the movie.

Pedro Sarubbi, in an interview with the Italian daily Avvenire, said he had wanted to play St. Peter but Gibson “had already chosen the actors based on their resemblance to the different characters as portrayed in the paintings of Caravaggio and other masters.”  “As Barrabas, Gibson told me to avoid looking at Jim Caviezel, who played Jesus, until the very scene in which we were to appear together.  ‘Barrabas is like a ferocious dog,’ he told me, ‘but at one moment he becomes a puppy: when he meets the Son of God and is saved.  I want your look to be that of somebody seeing Jesus for the first time’.  I did as he said, and when our eyes met I felt a sort of surge.  It was like I was really seeing Jesus.  I had never experienced such a thing in all my years of acting,” he stated.

Sarubbi said “The Passion” “was not only a professional, but above all a human experience.  I am not embarrassed to say that during the filming I had a conversion.  All of the actors who took part changed a little bit after this experience, but I have learned much more from the film than from any conference.”

The actor said his spiritual search “began many years ago and took me around the world.  I have done extensive anthropological research, as a man and as an actor.  I have been instructed in the martial arts...I lived in a Tibetan monastery for six months with a vow of silence. I have practiced meditation in India, I have lived in the Amazon.  I have reached the final goal of this search in Jesus.” 

Now, he went on, “I do everything possible so that those eyes continue to be important for me.  My family is first above all, and I also play a clown for orphaned children.  On the other hand I have my work.  I teach businessman how to act in public. I teach in various acting schools.  I use what I call the warrior-priest-clown method.  In life you have to be strong, honest, spiritual and funny.”

Although Sarubbi has traveled around the world, he is most at home on his farm on the outskirts of Milan, with his wife and four children, and dozens of animals.


TOPICS: Activism; Apologetics; Catholic; Current Events; Ecumenism; General Discusssion; Ministry/Outreach; Religion & Culture; Worship
KEYWORDS: convert; thepassion
«Io, Barabba convertito da Gibson»

Original story from Avvenire.

1 posted on 03/10/2005 7:06:00 AM PST by NYer
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To: american colleen; Lady In Blue; Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; ...

Score one more for Mel!

2 posted on 03/10/2005 7:41:03 AM PST by NYer ("The Eastern Churches are the Treasures of the Catholic Church" - Pope John XXIII)
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To: NYer
“As Barrabas, Gibson told me to avoid looking at Jim Caviezel, who played Jesus, until the very scene in which we were to appear together. ‘Barrabas is like a ferocious dog,’ he told me, ‘but at one moment he becomes a puppy: when he meets the Son of God and is saved. I want your look to be that of somebody seeing Jesus for the first time’. I did as he said, and when our eyes met I felt a sort of surge. It was like I was really seeing Jesus. I had never experienced such a thing in all my years of acting,” he stated.

Wow.

The actor said his spiritual search “began many years ago and took me around the world. I have done extensive anthropological research, as a man and as an actor. I have been instructed in the martial arts...I lived in a Tibetan monastery for six months with a vow of silence. I have practiced meditation in India, I have lived in the Amazon. I have reached the final goal of this search in Jesus.

So this conversion wasn't a whim.

3 posted on 03/10/2005 7:44:01 AM PST by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
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To: NYer

Beautiful tribute to Mel and to the spiritual power of The Passion of the Christ.


4 posted on 03/10/2005 7:50:09 AM PST by Liz ("There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men." Edmund Burke)
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To: NYer

**Sarubbi said “The Passion” “was not only a professional, but above all a human experience. I am not embarrassed to say that during the filming I had a conversion. **

Was this the actor who played Barnabas or Barrabas?

Guess I'kll have to re-read the article rather than just skim it. LOL!


5 posted on 03/10/2005 7:58:37 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: NYer

Thanks, you took care of my question with the changes.


6 posted on 03/10/2005 8:01:28 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Liz; NYer; kstewskis; Victoria Delsoul; GirlShortstop; Raquel
Great Story.

On Relevant Radio this morning they interviewed Father Bartunik (Sp?) who has just come out with a book titled, Inside the Passion. It takes a look at the behind the scenes work that took place during the filming of The Passion of the Christ.

Lots of amazing insights as to what went on with the film, and Mel's intent at different scenes.

The book was released a few weeks ago.

7 posted on 03/10/2005 8:24:58 AM PST by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs A Soldier!)
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To: NYer
I am not embarrassed to say that during the filming I had a conversion.

Conversion to what?

8 posted on 03/10/2005 8:27:45 AM PST by topcat54
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To: Northern Yankee

Book is a must-have.


9 posted on 03/10/2005 8:31:21 AM PST by Liz ("There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men." Edmund Burke)
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To: Liz
Book is a must-have.

Did you get a copy yet?

I plan on stopping by our local Catholic store on my way home from work to pick up my copy.

Have you heard of Relevant Radio?

10 posted on 03/10/2005 9:35:56 AM PST by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs A Soldier!)
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To: Northern Yankee

Will check B&N for copies...... Relevant Radio b'casts from where?


11 posted on 03/10/2005 9:47:58 AM PST by Liz ("There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men." Edmund Burke)
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To: Liz
Relevant Radio broadcasts from Minneapolis, Minn., but can be found on the internet. (relevent Radio.com)

A wonderul Catholic radio station that is slowly growing around the country.

Great programs include Morning Aire, Drew Marioni Show, and Father Caroppi, that is so charismatic, and he is also very conservative.

Drew Marioni is down in Florida this week, interviewing family members, priests, and lawyers connected with the Terri Shiavo Shindler case.

12 posted on 03/10/2005 9:56:47 AM PST by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs A Soldier!)
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To: topcat54
I assume it is not Buddhism.
13 posted on 03/10/2005 11:45:39 AM PST by Nov3 ("This is the best election night in history." --DNC chair Terry McAuliffe Nov. 2,2004 8p.m.)
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To: Nov3
I assume it is not Buddhism.

That only eliminates one possibility.

14 posted on 03/10/2005 11:57:54 AM PST by topcat54
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To: topcat54
I have reached the final goal of this search in Jesus

In response to your question, "Conversion to what?" it certainly appears his conversion was to Christianity.

15 posted on 03/10/2005 12:00:32 PM PST by mountaineer
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To: topcat54

Get real he is Christian now - probably Catholic because of the makeup of the people who made the movie.


16 posted on 03/10/2005 12:08:15 PM PST by Nov3 ("This is the best election night in history." --DNC chair Terry McAuliffe Nov. 2,2004 8p.m.)
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To: mountaineer
In response to your question, "Conversion to what?" it certainly appears his conversion was to Christianity.

Based on what? Was he baptized? Did he join the church?

The article doesn't say, and with all the folks running around today who claim to have "found Jesus" while at the same time denying the Christian faith, I didn't hear any resounding expression of true repentance and faith.

17 posted on 03/10/2005 12:09:32 PM PST by topcat54
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To: topcat54
"I have reached the final goal of this search in Jesus.”

Is that plain enough?

18 posted on 03/10/2005 12:13:06 PM PST by Nov3 ("This is the best election night in history." --DNC chair Terry McAuliffe Nov. 2,2004 8p.m.)
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To: topcat54

One need not be baptized or join a church to be a Christian, so my conclusion was based on what he said. If you have some inside information as to what's really in his heart, then I guess you're entitled to make whatever assumption about his sincerity you like.


19 posted on 03/10/2005 12:16:01 PM PST by mountaineer
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To: Northern Yankee

Thanks........nice resource.


20 posted on 03/10/2005 12:22:35 PM PST by Liz ("There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men." Edmund Burke)
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To: Nov3
"I have reached the final goal of this search in Jesus.”

Is that plain enough?

No. Not really. Actually if you read the entire quote it sounds very eastern mystical. What was he searching for?

21 posted on 03/10/2005 12:32:13 PM PST by topcat54
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To: mountaineer
One need not be baptized or join a church to be a Christian, so my conclusion was based on what he said.

Then I take it he was not converted to Catholicism. :-)

But I admit we don't have all the facts. The article was very vague about this conversion experience.

22 posted on 03/10/2005 12:36:33 PM PST by topcat54
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To: topcat54

I would THINK..coming from a Catholic Newspaper...he converted to Catholism...the kind Mel Gibson is . after all the word was the actor had the Latin Mass everyday during filming !!! so the guy who played Barabas...must have seen the WAY !


23 posted on 03/10/2005 1:06:48 PM PST by Rosary (Pray the Rosary daily)
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To: topcat54

"Conversion" has two meanings. One is change of religion or denomination, e.g a Baptist becoming Catholic. The other is a change of the heart, multiple times described in the Gospel. It is a turn ("conversio" means turning) away from sin and toward Christ, sometimes instantaneous or rapid, sometimes very gradual. Such spiritual conversion may happen, and in fact should happen, to someone already baptized and churched. Ideally, a Christian is in a state of perpetual conversion as long as he lives.


24 posted on 03/10/2005 1:08:39 PM PST by annalex
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To: Liz
Thanks........nice resource.

Anytime... they really have a scholar in Apolegetics that comes on Drew Marioni's show in the afternoon.

My radio station is set on Relevant Radio in central Wisconsin. (93.9 FM)

25 posted on 03/10/2005 1:33:12 PM PST by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs A Soldier!)
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To: Northern Yankee

Nice to know..........keep us up to date on Relevant Radio's programming.


26 posted on 03/10/2005 3:36:42 PM PST by Liz ("There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men." Edmund Burke)
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To: NYer
This is a great piece, overall.

One thing stood out as seperate from the rest of the tone of this piece (not bad, just in a different vein) that I really liked:

I use what I call the warrior-priest-clown method. In life you have to be strong, honest, spiritual and funny.

I like this guy. I like this philosophy.

I am henceforth going to present myself as a warrior-priest-clown. Braveheart with a red nosey.

27 posted on 03/10/2005 3:46:00 PM PST by Phsstpok ("When you don't know where you are, but you don't care, you're not lost, you're exploring.")
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To: Northern Yankee; NYer; kstewskis

Mel did a wonderful job. That movie has touched a lot of us in so many ways. God bless him, and may he continue making more movies.


28 posted on 03/10/2005 5:22:26 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: Northern Yankee; Liz; NYer; Victoria Delsoul
Relevant Radio broadcasts from Minneapolis, Minn., but can be found on the internet.

Releventradio.com

A wonderul Catholic radio station that is slowly growing around the country.

Excellent radio station. Jay turned me on to it last week. (thank you!) I'm hooked. I love listening to Fr. Corapi...his loud, booming voice gets me moving on those early mornings!

29 posted on 03/10/2005 5:51:40 PM PST by kstewskis ("Tolerance is what happens when one loses their principles"....Fr. A Saenz.)
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To: topcat54
The article doesn't say, and with all the folks running around today who claim to have "found Jesus" while at the same time denying the Christian faith, I didn't hear any resounding expression of true repentance and faith.

You don't need to hear it, it's none of your business. It's between himself and Christ. Breast thumping is not a requirement in loving and following Jesus.

30 posted on 03/10/2005 5:56:25 PM PST by ShadowDancer (As for the types of comments I make,sometimes I just, By God,get carried away with my own eloquence.)
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To: kstewskis; Northern Yankee
Jay turned me on to it last week. (thank you!) I'm hooked. I love listening to Fr. Corapi...his loud, booming voice gets me moving on those early mornings!

I don't know, Karen, but your post sure sounds exciting, LOL (just kidding.)

31 posted on 03/10/2005 5:58:18 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: Victoria Delsoul
LOL!!!

Now don't get me in trouble, Victoria. Jay's a happily married man! :D

/snicker!

32 posted on 03/10/2005 6:04:55 PM PST by kstewskis ("Tolerance is what happens when one loses their principles"....Fr. A Saenz.)
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To: kstewskis

LOL! I can't help it sometimes. I'm baaaaad.


33 posted on 03/10/2005 6:07:04 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: kstewskis

Great......nice to hear it.


34 posted on 03/10/2005 6:07:29 PM PST by Liz ("There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men." Edmund Burke)
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To: ShadowDancer
You don't need to hear it, it's none of your business.

Then why the interview and the article?

It's between himself and Christ.

And all the worldwide readers of Avvenire.

35 posted on 03/10/2005 6:20:11 PM PST by topcat54
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To: topcat54
Then why the interview and the article?

The interview and article tell of how he now believes. It doesn't tell how he practices it, nor should it. Again, it's not our business. He spoke to a life changing time. Why isn't that enough for you?

36 posted on 03/10/2005 6:24:50 PM PST by ShadowDancer (As for the types of comments I make,sometimes I just, By God,get carried away with my own eloquence.)
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To: Victoria Delsoul; kstewskis
OK you two...*grins*

Victoria you should give Relevant Radio a try. It's great!

I picked up the book, Inside The Passion tonight. It's exquisite.

They have a great picture of Mel sitting next to Jesus (Jim C.) in the Pretorium. A heck of a shot.

They talk extensively about the shot when the cross is dropped and Jesus holds it up in mid-air. The miracle is for Mary Magdalene,so she doesn't lose hope.

According to the author, it actually has roots from the writings of a seventeenth century nun, Mary of Agreda.

37 posted on 03/10/2005 6:42:14 PM PST by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs A Soldier!)
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To: Victoria Delsoul; kstewskis
You... baaaad?... can't be!

I thought the Vatican had you on the list for beatification?

St. Victoria... pray for us!

38 posted on 03/10/2005 6:45:25 PM PST by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs A Soldier!)
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To: Phsstpok; Northern Yankee; kstewskis; Victoria Delsoul; annalex; Liz
I use what I call the warrior-priest-clown method. In life you have to be strong, honest, spiritual and funny.

This comment coming from the big, burly guy who played Barabas. Now, here's something to ponder. Do you know what the name 'Barabas' means? In Hebrew, 'bar' means 'son of' and you probably recall Christ referring to His Father as 'Abba'. That's correct - Barabas means 'Son of the Father'. Now! Consider the contrast - Pontius Pilate offered to release one of two prisonsers - Jesus (the Son of God [the Father]) or Barabas (Son of the Father).

39 posted on 03/10/2005 6:50:46 PM PST by NYer ("The Eastern Churches are the Treasures of the Catholic Church" - Pope John XXIII)
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To: NYer

Wow... interesting!


40 posted on 03/10/2005 7:04:06 PM PST by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs A Soldier!)
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To: Northern Yankee

Bwahahahaha, yeah sure.


41 posted on 03/10/2005 7:12:21 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: annalex
Ideally, a Christian is in a state of perpetual conversion as long as he lives.

Indeed.

42 posted on 03/10/2005 7:34:00 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Tagline schmagline.)
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To: NYer
Hmm.

Bar Abba=Son of the father. Wasn't he Jesus too? Were they one and the same? Passover privilege? By Romans?

Hmm.

43 posted on 03/10/2005 7:38:11 PM PST by onedoug
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To: Northern Yankee; Victoria Delsoul
OK you two...*grins*

Ooops, we're busted! *G*

They have a great picture of Mel sitting next to Jesus (Jim C.) in the Pretorium. A heck of a shot.

Okay, I need to get that book. I was in the midst of pre-ordering it a week or two ago, but I got distracted (and not many things distract me from anything Mel does).

They talk extensively about the shot when the cross is dropped and Jesus holds it up in mid-air. The miracle is for Mary Magdalene,so she doesn't lose hope. According to the author, it actually has roots from the writings of a seventeenth century nun, Mary of Agreda.

I did however order from TAN Books (and just received the other day), the "Mystical City of God" about Mary of Agreda's writings.

Not losing hope. Boy, now there's a message. I'll let you know how the book goes.

44 posted on 03/10/2005 7:40:17 PM PST by kstewskis ("Tolerance is what happens when one loses their principles"....Fr. A Saenz.)
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To: topcat54

Maybe he was converted to James Caviezelism.


45 posted on 03/10/2005 7:44:11 PM PST by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Victoria Delsoul
You are having fun tonight, aren't you?

On a sad note, my uncle Joe died a few days ago, so we will once again be heading to Milwaukee for a funeral on Saturday. (We'll leave tomorrow night...)

Sigh... that time in our lives when the aunts and uncles start passing on into the next life.

I am so thankful that they all were so devout in their faith.

46 posted on 03/10/2005 8:34:49 PM PST by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs A Soldier!)
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To: kstewskis
Never lose hope!

And get Inside The Passion. You won't regret it. So much great insight.

He talks about the first time Jim Caveziel stepped out of his trailer with the make up of the scourging... There was an audible gasp from those on the set. Some just backed away completely.

Wow!

Mel has a great forward to the book, and also collaborated with Father John in the writing of the book.

The book is put out by Asension Press, but you should be able to find it.

They were right in front of the store when I walked in, next to other items from The Passion.

Have a great night, and good luck finding it.

47 posted on 03/10/2005 8:41:19 PM PST by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs A Soldier!)
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To: Northern Yankee
Sorry to hear about your uncle, Jay.

May he rest in peace.

48 posted on 03/11/2005 7:26:30 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: Victoria Delsoul
Sorry to hear about your uncle, Jay.

May he rest in peace.

Thanks... just got back.

I'll tell you more about it later when I have some time.

49 posted on 03/12/2005 6:20:40 PM PST by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs A Soldier!)
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To: Salvation

Barabbas. The prisoner released in exchange for Jesus.
Barnabas, son of encouragement, wasn't on the biblical scene until after St. Paul's converstion.


50 posted on 03/12/2005 6:24:52 PM PST by madison10
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