"Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again..."

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Monday, July 31, 2006

Mel's Tirade

The Passion of the Christ's Mel Gibson was recently caught driving with booze in the blood and brain, and with a mouth full of expletives. As the court of public opinion decides whether or not he's anti-Semetic or not, others debate if his career is headed the way of M. Night Shyamalan's (see: Water, Lady in the) after a string of ho-hummers since the 1999 The Sixth Sense (2002's Signs being a possible exception).

Mel's career isn't over in the arena of biblical films if he wants to pursue that option. The Passion of the Christ was truer to the biblical text than Scorsese's hatchet job The Last Temptation of Christ, and the critical Christian viewer knows that. Christians are forgiving people and even if there's not any evidence of true repentance, if Mel makes another blockbuster that is in a similar vein to Passion he'll reload his coiffeurs with enough money to make the ghost of Joseph Kennedy proud. If God used Pharaoh for his purposes there's no reason to think he won't use Mel again. Mel's not gaining in points in heaven but he's still got time to get his affairs in order.


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