Mr Stillwater wrote:
B-monkey, I think you'll find that Hollywood has been making very good money from portraying Christ on the screen. The earliest mention I can find in 1897. He's up there with Sherlock Holmes and Dracula as a good solid subject.
The point is not one studio wanted to put their name with this film.
I disagree with every one who thinks Mel Gibson is not a great actor. Forever Young, Sign (which I think is a great movie, I love the writing), The Man Without a Face, Mavrick, Braveheart, Ransom, Conspiracy Theory, Payback, What Women Want, The Patriot, We were Soldiers. Those are all the movies that he acts in that I love. I don't know where all the hating comes from but I don't think he is as bad as everyone wants him to be.
As for comerical success as an excuse for him not being a great actor, that is so lame. Just because he makes a lot of many at what he does has everything to do with how great he does it. They just don't throw money at people if they cannot do it. He can. His movies would not do so well if he acted the way you all think he acts. Because if he acted bad his movies would tank.
People are all in to the "indy" crap. It is the new "it" thing to like. Like the indy actor bla bla bla. I like indy movies but too much emphases is put on it. It is just like music. Underground music is so "great". Those people bash music on the radio. They only do that because they are jealous they are not that successful.
Like actors, athletes, or singers get blasted for moving out of their old neighborhood. People say things like, "He for got where he came from" and "sell out." Get over it. They are just mad they are stuck in the "hood" and someone had enough talent to escape that mediocre existence and they are mad that they didn't get to go. Quit hating on people who have the goods.
As for him and the money he will make on the movie, who cares. People make things for more reasons than money. When someone starts going around saying, "he is doing it for the money, he is just doing it to get so more money," well so what. You saying that makes me think that's all that matters to you. Because that is not the first thing that came to my mind when I heard he was making this movie, "oh he is doing it for the money?" What money? He is forking over 25 million of his own money. So he gets some money back from his investment woopdie doo. That is his job. Everyone making a big deal about this movie are only going to make more people want to see it. Remember Dogma and the stir over that? They didn't even have to run ads for that movie, if they wanted, because the news media was saying how the Catholic Church did not like this or that bla bla bla.
It is a real sore nerve when someone says something I like is stupid. I like Mel Gibson. Just because you don't doesn't mean you have to tell me that I am stupid for doing so. And I know no one said it, but it is implied. When someone goes off and lists why Mel Gibson is not a good actor when no one asked them to and after I said he was it is implied.
People have a hard time liking the job and hating the person. They start hating the person and hating the job. Like Russell Crow. I think he is a terrible person and would not even go up to him, if I saw him, and tell him he is a great actor because I do not like him one bit. But I think he is a great actor. I love Beautiful Mind. He is so talented but a terrible person. I think I am one of the very few who can distinguish between the two. Another is Tom Cruise. I think what he did to nichole kidmen was distasteful and uncalled for, but he is a great actor and I will not deny him that because he does his job very well. But as a person he lacks in every category.