Sunday, March 21, 2004

Perspective on the Passion

Some of my friends on the religious right are all excited by the financial success of the Passion. Kevin Smith puts some perspective on the hype:

CURTIS You made a controversial movie about Catholicism, "Dogma." What did you think about "The Passion of the Christ"?

SMITH I haven't seen it yet. I think it's funny, though, that people bring it up and ask me, "What do you think of the controversy?" I'm like, "What controversy?" The dude made a movie about Jesus in a country that's largely Christian — a very traditional movie — and it's made over $200 million in two weeks. There ain't no controversy, people. That's a hit. They took one or two Jewish leaders in the beginning and said, "This may be construed as anti-Semitic," and then spun it into a must-see movie for hard-core Christians. You've got to go see it if you love Jesus. I wish to God I had thought to do that when I was making "Dogma."

By no means do I have anything against the Passion - it's just getting a little tiresome to see the right-wingers work themselves into a tizzy, as if pandering to the "Left Behind" crowd is a brilliant achievement.


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