Mel Gibson is claiming that he’s facing attack for his film on the life of Jesus. Just who is responsible isn’t clear from the article (and I didn’t catch the O’Reilly interview…). Still, it’s somewhat shocking to see that somebody would go to such lengths over the film.
Based on the interest I’ve seen in this project, The Passion could be a phenominally popular film, even if it is in Latin and Aramaic. However, making a film on a religious subject is almost always a dangerous thing. Just look at the outrage over such works as The Last Temptation of Christ, a film that the protestors completely misunderstood and was based upon one of the most fascinating and faith-filled novels on the life of Christ.
If anything, all the uproar is only likely to increase interest in the film, which based on what I’ve seen could be a good thing. Gibson is a very talented director, and if he stays true to the Biblical source material The Passion could be a masterpiece of Christian filmmaking.