Movies In Focus favourite Mel Gibson appeared at SoCal Harvest at Angel Stadium recently to discuss his latest film as director, Hacksaw Ridge. While he was there, he spilled some beans on his in-development follow-up to The Passion Of The Christ:
“We’re talking about that. Of course, that is a huge undertaking. And you know, it’s not the ‘Passion 2.’ It’s called ‘The Resurrection.’ Of course, that’s a very big subject and it needs to be looked at because we don’t want to just do a simple rendering of it — you know, read what happened.”
“But in order to read it, experience and explore probably deeper meanings of what it’s about, it’s going to take some doing and Randall Wallace is up to the task. He is also, as well as a brilliant writer, he is a great director. He directed ‘We Were Soldiers’ and ‘Heaven is for Real’ and stuff. So, he is a good writer and director.”
Speaking about Hacksaw Ridge, Gibson said:
“Desmond Doss received the Congressional Medal of Honor for courage under fire. He was singular in that most guys who get the Medal of Honor, they do something in a split second and it’s a decision that they do something courageous and heroic. Desmond did what he did over and over and over again in different places in the Pacific. His greatest achievement was in Okinawa, where he saved a lot of men.
“Another interesting thing about Desmond was that he was a conscientious objector and he went into battle without a weapon as a medic and what he did was super-natural and He only did it through faith. He was armed only with his faith.”
Things got interesting when he started talking about how he sees Hacksaw Ridge and The Passion Of The Christ as a superhero movies:
“Faith is a real thing. I think that often times, I made the ultimate superhero film in the ‘Passion of the Christ.’ Someone like Desmond Doss is also a superhero and real superheroes don’t wear spandex and they don’t have a lot of 3-D special effects. But, they do operate on a higher level, on a supernatural level. They actually look and appeal to something greater than themselves and then they do something super human.”
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Hacksaw Ridge starring Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn and Sam Worthington opens in November.
Source: Christian Post