A Week in the Life of Gustavo

"Seems to think that if he fails to write, la migra will find him."--OC Weekly More merriment available at ronmaydon@yahoo.com

segunda-feira, setembro 01, 2003

From the fans...


It’s true there was a Holocaust where the Germans killed about 6 million Jews; it’s also true that there was a crucifixion where the Jews killed one Son of God. It’s also true that as He was dying, He asked, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." The real adversary is the Satan-disguised-as-a-snake, whom Mel Gibson exposes with a bit of artistic license. The message, as I’m sure Gustavo Arellano would have heard at the Harvest Crusade ("Raising Mel" August 15) if he were listening, is not that the Jews killed Christ, but that Jesus died for our sins. Our sins killed Him, whether we’re Jewish or not.

John Denny

Of course, I listened to the message. But Gibson says he wanted to make the film as close to Scripture as possible. And, as the following excerpt from my article stated:

Although Laurie told parents to "cover your small child’s eyes," the scenes were no less bloody than the crucifixion reenactments in The Last Temptation of Christ, A Clockwork Orange, and that Spanish-language Passover production they show every year on KMEX-TV 34. If anything, Gibson’s scene was more befitting a fantasy. Although the dialogue is in Aramaic and Latin, none of the Gospels mentioned that dramatic guitar rumbles scored Jesus’ lashing, that his many collapses occurred in slo-mo, or—let’s get serious now—that Satan-disguised-as-a-snake made constant appearances during the Stations of the Cross.