Mel Gibson making sequel to ‘Passion Of The Christ’ and why Jews should be worried

The Jewish Daily Forward

It was a cultural phenomenon that raked in $600 million at the box office and is still the highest grossing R-rated film of all time. Years later people are still questioning just how anti-Semitic “The Passion Of the Christ” really was. Mel Gibson, the star vehicle driving the movie to its bloody, sadomasochistic conclusion, famously refused to hire any Jewish consultants to oversee the film. The Jews in “The Passion Of The Christ” relish their cruelty, kicking Jesus when he is down, while the Romans of the film are shown occasionally behaving with compassion towards Jesus. There was concern about how this would affect inter-faith relations, dismay that the film perpetuated the anti-Semitic idea that the Jews killed Jesus, and a entire ADL Q&A page about it.

Now, Mel Gibson is planning to do it again. Jim Caviezel, the actor who played Jesus in the first film, confirmed to USA Today that he would be reprising his role in the sequel. “There are things that I cannot say that will shock the audience,” he said. “It’s great. Stay tuned.” In a November 2016 interview on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Gibson reported that he already begun to work on “The Resurrection,” as he was calling the sequel.

Mel Gibson’s never been the biggest fan of the Jewish people. “The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world!” he shouted during a 2006 DUI arrest. In 2011, he pled no contest to battery charges against his girlfriend. On his TV apology tour, he confessed that “Lebanon and Israel had been at it that day,” and that “the Jews were not blameless.”

Mel Gibson’s father, Hutton Gibson, is an outspoken Holocaust denier. In 2003, he told the New York Times to “Go and ask an undertaker or the guy who operates the crematorium what it takes to get rid of a dead body. It takes one liter of petrol and 20 minutes. Now, 6 million?” Mel Gibson has never denounced, or acknowledged, his father’s words.

Is the world ready for a “Passion of The Christ” sequel? The polarized political landscape of 2018 is very different from the environment the 2004 blockbuster was created in. Can a movie like this, propelled by the star power of a man known for his anti-Semitic views, ever achieve the same level of worldwide acclaim as its predecessor?

“I don’t understand why after 10 years it’s any kind of issue,” Gibson complained to Variety recently. “I’ve also been around long enough to recognize that Hollywood will welcome back just about anyone that might bring in a dollar,” Joshua Malina, West Wing actor and one of Gibson’s most outspoken critics, told the Post.

“The Passion Of The Christ” established that there was a market, both American and international, for religious oriented films. It practically created that market when it received a slew of endorsements from a who’s who of American Christians, including a disputed one from the Vatican.

Will Gibson market his films at evangelical Christians, newly empowered in the Trump presidency, and run the risk of alienating more moderate and liberal viewers? And more importantly, in this era of increasing anti-Semitism and hostility towards Jews, does the world need “The Resurrection” at all?

  1. #1 by Gary on 02/02/2018 - 9:34

    Much like the “jew approved” version of Mein Kampf,I suspect Mel’s acting career as well as Caviezel’s are too important to them to tell the true facts.The yids have nothing to worry about.

  2. #2 by typeviic1 on 02/02/2018 - 9:34

    Jim Caviezel is very good in a series called ‘Person of Interest’. I suggest everyone watch it on Netflix!

  3. #3 by Godfrey on 02/02/2018 - 9:34

    Another Sequel —we all need to see and ponder is How the Nazorean tradition and Perfected Gospel was authentic through John the Baptist~Jesus the Messiah~James the Just. Both John and James were given the highest form of praise by Jesus himself. This sequel >bright for us all to see what a different world, we would have if the Nazorean Gospel of Spirit Baptism was the Way, the Truth and the Life received….not divided and conquered by the opinions of Saul of Tarsus (who was probably sent in by the Sanhedrin Rabbis) and ministers of such… I say this in obviousness.

  4. #4 by Keith Stone on 02/02/2018 - 9:34

    To ignore the largest religious group in the United States would be foolish. They want this kind of movie making. It solidifies their understood trues of Jesus and empowers their faith by teaching some others and evangelizing others. Its not a condemnation of all Jews. Infact it opens the discussion on the difference between the political Jews and the Orthodox Jews. Will they find that divide? Not as long as they play the victim card as usual and try to unite against Gibson as a antisemite and not a Film maker telling a largely held faith based story. K. S.

  5. #5 by Walter on 02/03/2018 - 9:34

    “Increasing “anti-Semitism”?? LOL! Who’s fault is that? “Anti-Semitism” = Truth about jews; to tell the pure, indisputable Truth about any aspect of jewry is “anti-Semitic”.

    The case of the “Holocaust” wouldn’t stand a chance in an honest court of law. Mel’s Dad was wrong; it takes a lot more than a litre of fuel & 20 minutes to burn a body: more like 3 hours…in a modern crematory, forget about a single muffler brick crematory run off Coke – the Germans couldn’t even afford the use of coal for their crematoria.

    Read “Hoax of the 20th Century” the undebatable 500+ page academic masterpiece on the “Holocaust”, by Prof. Arthur Butz. Fascinating. It covers every aspect of the alleged murder of jews. The fact is, no more than around 300,000 jews died or were killed in WW2. Period.

    The chapters on the Nuremberg “Trials” were illuminating; the Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court called the Nuremberg Trials (IMT – Intl. Military Tribunals) a “Kangaroo Court” & a “Show Trial”.

  6. #6 by Sovereign Mary on 02/03/2018 - 9:34

    What a pathetic load of hogwash. I never once thought that Mel Gibson’s “Passion of Christ” was in anyway Anti-Semitic.
    I’m tired of people looking for monsters under the bed, when their is none to be had.
    I shall be very much looking forward to Mel Gibson’s sequel to his excellent original “Passion of Christ” movie.

  7. #7 by Mani on 02/03/2018 - 9:34

    f the Truth of history is ant- Semitic, then shoull we omit it or tell it!!!
    Jesus is a Jewish and he was fighting his people not the romans nor Palestinians.
    So, is Jesus the Jewish anti- Semitic!!!
    Jews Israeli using this word ( antisemitic) to keep the whole world silance on their crimes against whole the world and to keep Europe and the USA pays taxes to the Israeli Jews.
    Will we get afraid from 15 millions!!!!!

  8. #8 by Sovereign Mary on 02/03/2018 - 9:34

    The “Ugly Truth” is the fact that the administrators of this page cannot even get the commentators and their comments aligned properly.

    ed note–no, the Ugly truth is that a certain commentator going by the name ‘Sovereign Mary’ needs to get his/her eyes checked and a new prescription for reading glasses because they are seeing things which in fact are not there.

  9. #9 by Christ versus Bible (@christvbible) on 02/03/2018 - 9:34

    The discourse about Israeli exceptionalism has been promulgated for centuries by Jews convinced they are God’s chosen ones even before Jesus came along with a message that ridiculed their belief thus “You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are”
    With the manufacture of a canon of scripture about 1700 years ago the discourse has become the mantra of Kings and Emperors who gave their names to the establishment of Universities across what was to be known as Christendom, the kingdom of Christ under Roman Catholic control from Rome. The kingdom however is nothing to do with Christ. It’s all about retrofitting the heretical script of Jesus to an established script and euphemistically calling them the happily married Old & New Testament in a book called The Holy Bible.
    The Bible has hermetically sealed FOREVER the Jewish discourse about its identity as a race that is elevated above every other race on this planet. The Bible has totally neutralized the essential critique of Jesus about the evil nature of the religion believed by his kith and kin.
    The Bible is the cleverest deception ever, used by Satan “the liar from the beginning” to mask the truth about the totally screwed up state of Jewish self-identity.

  10. #10 by mountford on 02/03/2018 - 9:34

    Jews think it’s their right to dominate everyone…they feel it’s their right to control all non jews through their complete domination of all media and politics. WHY DOES AMERICA SUCK UP TO JEWISH ISRAEL??? WHY??? And the jews wonder why they have been hated down the centuries…..

  11. #11 by Israelisgenocide on 02/03/2018 - 9:34

    Can’t wait!
    Funny how israelis are so selective at what they choose to denounce. The entire precept calls for genocide
    As for the holocaust one need only ask why Amazon and Merkel just burnt ten times as many holocaust revision books as their co conspirators the Nazis. This film should rally the troops to the true enemy, the one behind 911, the USS liberty and all of America’s wars in the middle east. Apparently the epithet of if you don’t like it then leave is encouraged against Muslims, but not the root cause of the unrest.
    Maybe this film will help rectify that error

  12. #12 by Colin Wright on 02/03/2018 - 9:34

    I’ve never seen any evidence that Mel Gibson is anti-semitic at all.

    About all he did was drunkenly rant at a cop. If you’ve ever dealt with drunken, ranting Australians, you know that they pick out whatever their target’s point of apparent vulnerability is, and go after it.

    So the cop was Jewish, and Mel Gibson fastened on that. If the cop had been fat, he’d have given him a hard time about being fat.

    You can find in that whatever you please about Australians, Mel Gibson’s attitude towards cops, or anything else — but it’s evidence of anti-semitism like the fact that I don’t like sake demonstrates that I hate Japanese.

  13. #13 by Seema Kapoor on 02/04/2018 - 9:34

    The truth is always Antisemitic. So sick of the jewsish crybabies. Yes your forefathers killed Christ and was not ashamed of it. Deal with it. God bless Mel Gibson…

  14. #14 by Chris sky on 02/05/2018 - 9:34

    “The anti semitic idea that the jews killed Jesus”. The Jews DID kill Jesus and they are proud of it. But I forgot any TRUTH placing “them” in a bad light is anti semitic! Because you’re only pointing out their wrong doing because you “hate jews”

    :D. That stopped working a lonnnnnnnng time ago.

  15. #15 by Ira on 02/05/2018 - 9:34

    If the Germans killed 6 million Jews, then they must of averaged 3,000 per day- everyday,365 days a year for five and a half straight years. And of course they also must have burned, buried, or otherwise disposed of those same 3,000 bodies per day. This fact in itself seems highly implausible , especially given all the other urgencies of war.

  16. #16 by Peter Recks on 02/22/2018 - 9:34

    The term anti semitic is a hoax in itself …. over 90% of Jews have no connection to a semitic race whatsoever … not a drop of DNA in their blood that dates back to Palestine over 2000 years ago to the original Israelites … 90% of Jews are of European origin ( Goyim ) they trace back to a country called Kazaria … where by choice The King took the Jewish faith on for his people … so they became Jewish by religion …. not by blood.

  17. #17 by Danielle Marin on 07/26/2018 - 9:34

    Christ versus Bible, well said. I was relieved to come across your comment. My faith in humanity (well, for the most part) has been restored. Where there is you, there are others who know these truths as well. I am new to such truths but better late than never.

  18. #18 by Danielle on 10/10/2018 - 9:34

    Is anybody aware of an follow-up information in regards to this supposed sequel, “The Resurrection”? I’ve not heard a peep.

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