Overruled by the focus group, God demands to have His name taken off the credits. Bible now attributed to ‘Alan Smithee’.
Some editing of Mel Gibson’s Jesus Christ: Jerusalem Nights:
Mel Gibson, responding to focus groups as much as to protests by Jewish critics, has decided to delete a controversial scene about Jews from his film, “The Passion of the Christ,” a close associate said today.
A scene in the film, in which the Jewish high priest Caiaphas calls down a kind of curse on the Jewish people by declaring of the Crucifixion, “His blood be on us and on our children,” will not be in the movie’s final version, said the Gibson associate, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The passage had been included in some versions of the film that were shown before select groups, mostly of priests and ministers.
“It didn’t work in the focus screenings,” the associate said. “Maybe it was thought to be too hurtful, or taken not in the way it was intended. It has been used terribly over the years.”
On the other hand, the focus froup was quite supportive of the Mary Magdalene/Caiaphas boob exposing scene at the end of their “Rock Thy Body” duet.
Hey. It’s already got an R rating. Why not?
(Okay. That’s three boob mentions in a row. I’m done now)