TIL Mel Gibson couldn’t get any studio to fund ‘Passion of the Christ’. Instead of scrapping the film, he chose to fund it by himself, an action which analysts labelled as “idiotic”. He spent $45M on the project and made over $475M because he didn’t have to split the profits

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  1. Religious or not, I know the subject matter isn’t for everyone but this was a really fucking well made film. Unapologetically brutal that it’s hard to watch. And everyone spoke Aramaic, can’t deny Mel knocked it into heaven with this one.

  2. It was definitely an intense film, but it was cool to finally see a Christian film that didn’t look like it was made by a cross between the Hallmark Channel and a bunch of untalented film students who hired their friends as unpaid actors.

  3. If I recall half of it was people going to see it because of the controversy over Mel Gibson funding it himself. I remember a friend being insistent we go see it because it’s the movie Hollywood didn’t want you to see.

    Yes, I know but it was pre internet being as mainstream as it is today so it was easy for dumb shit like that to get started.

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