ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

2004: Jesus Christ

Before the release of director Mel Gibson's "Passion of the Christ," the film was known mainly as a self-funded vanity project by the Hollywood megastar whose decision to film entirely in Aramaic, Latin and Hebrew seemed like a sure-fire method of box office suicide. Weeks of controversy followed by weeks of record-breaking box office receipts made the image of Jesus ubiquitous in news stories from Hollywood and transformed the religious icon into a silver screen icon. Icon Productions
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