"The Passion": A Controversial Film That Ignited a Culture War


"The Passion": A Controversial Film That Ignited a Culture War
"The Passion": A Controversial Film That Ignited a Culture War

The 2004 film "The Passion," depicting the last twelve hours of Jesus Christ's life, continues to captivate millions of viewers annually, particularly during the lead-up to Easter. Despite global controversy and accusations of anti-Semitism against its director, Mel Gibson, the film grossed a staggering 600 million dollars and remains one of the must-watch titles for those who celebrate Easter in front of their television screens.

A Film of Unusual Stories

Numerous peculiar tales are associated with the making of "The Passion." The film, produced with a budget of 30 million dollars, shocked audiences with its graphic depiction of violence and earned an R rating, becoming the highest-grossing title in American theaters.

The main actor, Jim Caviezel, who portrayed Jesus Christ, endured the harshest experience of anyone involved with the film. Spraining his leg during filming, dislocating his shoulder in a scene carrying a cross on his back, and suffering from a loss of flesh on his arm during a brutal flogging scene, Caviezel's experiences on set only became more harrowing when he was struck by lightning during filming.

Luckily, he escaped with minor injuries, but his career took a significant hit after the film's release. Speaking to The Wall Street Journal, Caviezel recalled the lightning strike, saying, "We were shooting the Sermon on the Mount.

About four seconds before it happened, it was quiet, and then it was like someone slapped my ears. I had seven or eight seconds of a pink, fuzzy color, and people started screaming. They said I had fire on the left side of my head and light around my body.

All I can tell you is that I looked like I went to Don King's hairstylist." Entertainment Weekly magazine referred to "The Passion" as the most controversial film of all time, with Gibson's gruesome portrayal of Jesus Christ's betrayal and crucifixion sparking "a culture war unparalleled in Hollywood history." The film, spoken in Aramaic, Hebrew, and Latin, received three Oscar nominations.

The Passion Continues: "The Passion of the Christ: Resurrection"

The announcement of the production of the second sequel to "The Passion," titled "The Passion of the Christ: Resurrection," has also been made. However, the details surrounding the film remain shrouded in secrecy, and its premiere date has yet to be determined.