Friday, April 9, 2010

RoboCop and Jesus

Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven, director of such films as RoboCop, Total Recall, and Black Book, has recently revealed a long-standing interest in the life and meaning of Jesus Christ. A student of the Jesus Seminars since 1987, Verhoeven has co-written and published a book called Jesus of Nazareth, published by Seven Stories Press.

Today, on the Leonard Lopate radio show, I heard an interview with Verhoeven where he talked about the book and his interest in Jesus.

Lopate asked him about the resurrection angle in RoboCop. Verhoeven confirmed it, saying that his wife helped him to see it in the script: Murphy is killed, then brought back to life as half-man/half-machine who later reclaims his humanity.

Asked if he has plans to make a movie based on his book about Jesus, Verhoeven said maybe. If he were to do one, it would not be like the Mel Gibson film, The Passion of the Christ, which stressed the arrest, torture, and crucifixion that Jesus suffered.

For Verhoeven, focusing on "the passion" misses the point of Jesus' life and message. I for one would be very interested in Verhoeven's take on this.

Posted April 9, 2010

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