Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Gibson's Passion

I had to watch Diane Sawyer's interview with Mel Gibson last night, but there was no new insight into the director or his new film, The Passion of the Christ.

The only interesting things about the interview were 1) Sawyer's explanation that throughout the interview the word "passion" would be used in its original Greek sense of "suffering," referring to Christ's final hours (thanks for that, Diane; the movie's title had me totally misled); and 2) Gibson's particularly twitchy, tic-y, shifty-eyed comportment — like his character in Conspiracy Theory — which supports some people's claims that that role closely modelled Gibson's inner psyche ("The Jesus War" by P Boyer [not available online] in The New Yorker, Sept 15, 2003). Maybe he's just upset about having to continue to defend his film, but to me he looks unstable.

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