Mel Gibson, the filmmaking veteran behind The Passion of the Christ and soon-to-be-released Hacksaw Ridge, sat down with Greg Laurie at SoCal Harvest at Angel Stadium Sunday night. Over the course of nine minutes, the two talked about a handful of things, including the possibility of a sequel to The Passion of the Christ and the character qualities of a superhero.
Gibson started out by talking about what made The Passio” unique. It’s apparent Gibson put a significant amount of thought into the movie, studying the crucifixion from several angles. He came to realize that previous films that had portrayed the crucifixion tended to “sanitize” the event on the screen, which causes it to come across as ineffective and unemotional. Gibson, on the other hand, wanted to give people a new look and bring a theological perspective that maybe viewers hadn’t thought about before.
Laurie asked Gibson about the rumors floating around about a sequel to The Passion. While Gibson does not definitively say he is committed to making the sequel, he did talk about the possibility. The film would be called The Resurrection, and—like The Passion—would require a good deal of thought. “We don’t want to just do a simple rendering of it—I mean we can all read what happened. But in order to really experience and explore probably deeper meanings of what it’s about is going to take some doing.” However, the writer and director behind The Passion and a handful of other blockbusters, Randall Wallace, “is up to the task.”
Next the pair moved on to the subject of Gibson’s newest film, Hacksaw Ridge, which tells the story of WWII hero Desmond Doss. Doss was a medic and a Christian, who was “armed only with his faith.” Gibson stresses the point that Doss “never fired a bullet,” yet received the medal of honor for “extraordinary feats that he could only achieve through the power of God.”
Laurie claims Hacksaw Ridge “is the best depiction of a Christian in a mainstream film that I’ve seen since Chariots of Fire.”
Toward the end of the interview, Laurie asks an intriguing question about Gibson’s motivation behind making faith films. Gibson’s response: “Faith is a real thing.”
Gibson then waxes philosophical as he speaks about the nature of superheroes. You might not realize it, but Gibson’s films concern themselves with superheroes. He says he made “the ultimate superhero film in The Passion of the Christ.” Hacksaw Ridge also portrays a superhero in Desmond Doss.
In conclusion, Gibson says, “Real superheroes don’t wear spandex…but, they do operate on a higher, supernatural level. They actually look and appeal to something greater than themselves and then they do something super human.”