Mel Gibson says he's being crucified for playing movie Christ
In an interview broadcast on the US FoxNews channel, actor Mel Gibson claimed he is the subject of harassment and "attack" for making what many expect to be a highly realistic movie about the suffering of Christ on the Cross.
The movie, called The Passion, is using actual Aramaic dialogue and stars Jim Caviezel who, underwent a conversion after visiting with a seer from the famed apparition site of Medjugorje. Both Caviezel and Gibson are practising Catholics. The film focuses on the last 12 hours of Jesus's life, and specifically the Crucifixion.
Gibson asserted that a reporter from a "reputable" publication was sent to "dig up dirt" on him.
"Whenever you take up a subject like this it does bring out a lot of enemies," said Gibson, who related how the unnamed journalist has been scouring his private life, scrutinising his banking records, friends, business associates and family members, even charities he supports.
But Gibson says he he has already forgiven the reporter who has been harassing him and his family.
"This is a movie about love, faith, hope and forgiveness," Gibson said. "He died for all mankind. He suffered for all of us. It's time to get back to that basic message. The world has gone nuts. We could all use a little more love, faith, hope and forgiveness."
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16 Jan 2003