When will the followers of “The Passion of the Christ” be able to see the sequel?

Not anytime soon, from the sounds of it.

In an interview on “The World Over” that aired April 7, Gibson, who produced, co-wrote and directed the hit 2005 film about the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ, told EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo that he hadn’t yet settled on a script for the sequel, which picks up the story with the resurrection of Jesus.

“So when can we expect a script, Mel?” Arroyo asked.

“Well, I have two scripts,” Gibson revealed. “So I have the pair, and they’re both good.”

Arroyo interviewed Gibson, actor Mark Wahlberg and writer-director Rosalind Ross about the launch of their new film, “Father Stu,” a biopic about the late Father Stuart Long, a sensible Montana priest who died of an illness. muscle rare in 2014.

Wahlberg stars as Father Stu in the film and Gibson stars as Bill Long, the father of the late priest. The film is released nationwide on April 13, to coincide with the start of Holy Week.

“Father Stu was a living embodiment of grace, strength and suffering. And you hear it from anyone whose life he touched, that he was incredibly grateful for what afflicted him and that he had such dignity and strength,” Ross told Arroyo.

“His life is such a beautiful example of humility. You have this guy who was a fighter, who fought everyone: an opponent in a ring; a guy in a bar; he fought the hand that was extended to him in life; he fought for his father’s approval,” she said. “And it wasn’t until he found God that he realized he could let himself go a bit. And I think he’s learned that standing up in the fight isn’t always as effective as getting down on one knee and admitting you can’t do it alone. You can watch the full interview in the video below.

Wahlberg said he was inspired by Long’s story and his own Catholic faith to pursue the project.

“I think I’ve been really focused on my faith for a while, and I’ve had a very troubled past. It was my faith that allowed me to turn my life around and get back on the right path,” Wahlberg said.

“I was always thinking about how I could give back and do more, use what was given to me for a greater purpose and what God really gave it to me for. And I’ve always really admired what Mel did with ‘The Passion’ and that love letter he created for the Lord,” he said.

“It certainly inspired me. And I always thought…there would be a time when I was going to have to focus a lot more on me doing God’s work and less on trying to build myself up as the kind of actor-producer. , or my entrepreneurial endeavors, which I was doing.

“And so this thing came to me,” he said of Long’s story. “Stu kind of took me on board and used me to continue to amplify his voice and his message.”

Gibson, for his part, told Arroyo that he felt he could relate to some of the struggles Long’s father had during their strained relationship.

“You know, I mean I have seven sons, right? And you don’t do a perfect job with everyone. And I had to do this makeup stuff where you go over and you come back and do another flyover and try to correct things that maybe weren’t perfect and talk about things. And those are the most rewarding things for me, I think, because we’ve all made mistakes,” Gibson said.

“And I think Bill is probably in that boat too. I know I spoke to him on the phone, and just a few little things he said kind of told me who he was. He’s not terribly demonstrative, but he’s very deep in his feelings.

Regarding the sequel to “The Passion,” Gibson told Arroyo that the story of Jesus’ resurrection and what happens after is a complex story that is difficult to bring to the screen.

“Well, it’s a huge subject, and it’s not a linear narrative, so for it to mean something and resonate with almost everyone who watches it – again [as with “Father Stu”]you don’t preach to the choir – you have to… juxtapose the central event that I’m trying to tell with everything that surrounds it in the future, in the past and in other areas,” he said. .

“It’s a great story. It’s a difficult concept, and it took me a long time to focus and find a way to tell this story in a way that really delivers to someone who may not know anything about the central story. he told Arroyo.

You can read an edited transcript of the interview here.


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