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Posted by sean at on August 22, 2003 at 12:07:04:

In Reply to: Re: Kevin's comments on THE PASSION posted by Kevin on August 22, 2003 at 11:18:58:

: : The funny thing about all the controversy over this flick is that it's taken what would have
: likely been a minor release with a very limited audience and turned it into the must-see
: movie of the year. So, never knock a boycott.

First off, that's silly; an Oscar winning director's next film is not going to be a minor release, especially when that director is Mel Gibson.

: Take if from a guy who's been there: that's not true at all. That's the statement of someone
: who doesn't know what the fuck they're talking about. Any boycott hurts the box office.
: Ask Scorcese. Ask me. Whatever limited audience that flick had to begin with, it's gotten
: even more limited with all this brouhaha - not to mention some embarrassing private stuff
: about Mel Gibson and his father has surfaced because of it.

: Controversy may get you a bunch of (unwanted) free press, but it doesn't bring in ticket-
: buyers; it keeps them away.

I'm not disagreeing with your sentiment, neccessarily, but it's the exact opposite group of boycotters than the ones you and Scorsese had. For instance, dunno if you saw this, but William Donohue recently came out in favor of 'The Passion'.

Also, I believe Isis was speaking partially (with regards to the crucifixion) to history that he plays with other than Jesus himself, stuff that there is documentation of; specifically, 'The Passion', unlike 'Last Temptation', uses the "wrong" kind of crucifices and the "wrong" kind of crucifying. [And when I say wrong, keep in mind that I'm certainly not sure of these things, but this is what some historians seem to say.]

"As for Mel, the best thing he can do it find a distributor like Harvey and Bob Weinstein, which will really commit to the picture," adds the director.

Was that a joke against them for selling off 'Dogma'?

I wonder if they'd do business together after the whole Michael Moore thing between them.

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