Mel Gibson: TIME Magazine gets up close to the director of "Apocalypto"

Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere’s Mel, as unpredictable and challenging as usual.

This is the larger TIME article, from which that colorful excerpt in a previous post was apparently an early excerpt.

It’ll be interesting to see what some of the more pious Christian media figures have to say about this, since they seem to revere Gibson as some kind of evangelical hero. Gibson certainly busts through the confines of what many Christians involved in the arts think should define a Christian artist.

I mean… gasp… he’s concerned about the future of the rain forest? And he’s critical of President Bush?

Can’t wait for Apocalypto.

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  • Thom

    I wonder…if this was a Muslim made film, and had evangelistic themes…would Christians be bothered by a PG rating?

  • Adam Walter

    Perhaps the “G” rating should be abolished.

  • Peter T Chattaway

    I suspect the filmmakers are just using the rating to generate some publicity. As I note here, Facing the Giants is compared to a Billy Graham movie in this article, and Billy Graham movies have almost always been rated PG.

    So, this isn’t really news.

  • Adam Walter

    I suppose there are dozens of things that hypersensitive modern viewers (especially those with PC leanings) might pinpoint as needing “parental guidance” in any “G” film. Heck, a couple of my favorite “G” films were directed by David Lynch and Stanley Kubrick. And then there was 1999′s “Auschwitz: Silent Witness.” I never saw it, but who would give that a “G”?

  • RC

    this is interesting, b/c it’s not something that i’ve ever thought of before, i appreciate j. caution’s comment b/c it does make sense.

    –RC of strangeculture.blogspot.com

  • J. Caution

    Remember, though, a “PG” is not going to restrict kids from seeing the movie. All it’s saying is that parental guidance is suggested. And when it comes to issues such as faith and religion, I think parental guidance is very appropriate.

  • jasdye

    yeah, neil. i don’t even know what to think about it all. i saw his vietnam flick slightly before the passion came out (also written and directed by an evangelical christian, though the name of the film and director elude me), and so was fairly prepared for the amount of gore in The Passion.

    Now, despite all the arguments about glorifying what you depict, i’ll play the devil’s advocate here and say that generally speaking, Gibson’s rage (of which we can see there is plenty) is usually directed at injustice. The injustice of an unjust war (make connections to the current war if you choose.), the injustice of a brutal colonial force, the injustice of man against man and man against nature, and the injustice – finally – of sin.

  • dave

    Hey Jeffrey, I am long overdue in thanking you for your vital inspiration…

    This Gibson post got me going on an article: God’s Gold Tooth: Imperfect Prophetic Films

    now maybe i’ll finish the sam phillips article you inspired me on!

    blessings

    dave wainscott
    pastor, third day fresno

  • Jeffrey Overstreet

    Marty…

    I know.

    I think I’m one of them.

    Rather than get explicit about my voting record, I’ll just say that in recent years I haven’t a Democratic candidate I could stomach voting for.

    Now, before this turns into a red-blue debate, let’s talk about Mel.

    Jeffrey

  • Marty

    Jeffrey,

    Not all of us conservatives fit the Republican mold. Some of us are against the War and are concerned about the enviroment. We do not all tow the Reliegious Right line. Rod Dreher just published a book Crunchy Cons on just this theme, it’s worht a read and National Review has a blog dedicated to the book.:

    A Crunchy Con Manifesto
    By Rod Dreher

    1. We are conservatives who stand outside the conservative mainstream; therefore, we can see things that matter more clearly.

    2. Modern conservatism has become too focused on money, power, and the accumulation of stuff, and insufficiently concerned with the content of our individual and social character.

    3. Big business deserves as much skepticism as big government.

    4. Culture is more important than politics and economics.

    5. A conservatism that does not practice restraint, humility, and good stewardship—especially of the natural world—is not fundamentally conservative.

    6. Small, Local, Old, and Particular are almost always better than Big, Global, New, and Abstract.

    7. Beauty is more important than efficiency.

    8. The relentlessness of media-driven pop culture deadens our senses to authentic truth, beauty, and wisdom.

    9. We share Russell Kirk’s conviction that “the institution most essential to conserve is the family.”

    10. Politics and economics won’t save us; if our culture is to be saved at all, it will be by faithfully living by the Permanent Things, conserving these ancient moral truths in the choices we make in our everyday lives.

    –Rod Dreher is a writer and editor at the Dallas Morning News. A native of south Louisiana, he has worked at National Review, the New York Post, and the Washington Times. Crunchy Cons is his first book. You may e-mail him at rdreher@dallasnews.com.

  • Gaffney

    Go Mel! Hey, maybe some of us more pious Christians will be reminded that caretaking of the earth was the first job given to man…

    As to the gore, yeah, another Mel film that I can’t take my wife to see. She watched Braveheart while hiding under my coat; learned her lesson and didn’t even try to see the Passion.

    As to the vengeance theme — I hear ya, Neil. But Braveheart worked for me because I see it as a story about a man who learns to get past vengeance and embrace something bigger and deeper — Wallace in that flick left vengeance (fighting for himself) to fight for the oppressed, the neighbor. At least that was my take…

    -Sean

  • Neil E. Das

    Jasdye, yes, the first few times I watched Braveheart it was somewhat through the fingers of my hands. Upon subsequent viewings, I was suprised by violent parts that I had “missed” the first time.
    For better and worse (perhaps more of the latter), I have become somewhat more desensitized to violence.

    Even more than the violence in Braveheart, I struggled with cheering on vengeance. It was somewhat more understandable in Braveheart because it was in the context of a national struggle against an oppressor.

    This thought is not original with me, but a surprising number of Mel’s film have violent revenge as their central theme. I like Mel, but am bothered with the vengeance thing from Christian principles, particularly vengeance on an interpersonal level.

  • jasdye

    neil,

    you watch Braveheart with closed eyes?

  • Neil E. Das

    Whatever else one might say about, Mel, he is his own man. Sounds like it will be visually stunning. I have some trepidations about the gore, though. I still haven’t seen the Passion, and while I will watch Braveheart at the drop of a head, I do tend to blink a lot in the violent bits.

  • Neil E. Das

    That’s cause all links lead to Rome!

  • Jeffrey Overstreet

    GAH!!

    Refresh, and try again.

  • Eriol

    I clicked on the link and I arrived at catholic.org.