Either way, it’s interesting, given that it was widely reported, back when The Passion of the Christ (2004) came out, that Mel Gibson himself had provided the hand of the Roman soldier for the close-up in which Jesus is about to be nailed to the cross — and that this cameo, of sorts, had religious significance for him.
Did Mel himself come up with that last line?
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Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).