Hollywood actor and filmmaker Mel Gibson appeared as a surprise guest at SoCal Harvest at Angel Stadium Sunday night and sat down on stage with evangelist Greg Laurie to discuss recent reports that he is working on a sequel to his blockbuster reenactment film “The Passion of the Christ.” In June, screenwriter Randall Wallace, who wrote classics like “Braveheart,” “Pearl Harbor,” and “We Were Soldiers,” told Hollywood Reporter that he and Gibson are working on a follow-up to “The Passion of the Christ” that focuses on Christ’s resurrection. In that interview Wallace said, “The Passion is the beginning and there’s a lot more story to tell.” The 60-year-old Gibson, who directed and produced the 2004 film, was asked by Laurie about the rumors circulating around Wallace’s claims and asked if a follow-up to “The Passion” is really going to happen. Gibson told Laurie, the senior pastor of the California-based Harvest Christian Fellowship, and over 36,000 people gathered at the home of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim that he and Wallace are in fact, “talking about” the possibility of a follow-up film, which he said would be called “The Resurrection.” “We’re talking about that. Of course, that is a huge undertaking,” Gibson said. “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.” …While Gibson is known for great Hollywood successes such as “Mad Max,” “Lethal Weapon,” “Braveheart” and “We Were Soldiers,” he explained that he likes to do movies with a Christian message like “The Passion of the Christ,” “Hacksaw Ridge” and possibly “The Resurrection” because real superheroes “appeal to something greater than themselves.”
“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,” Gibson stressed. “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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