Interview F ROM G OSPEL TO G IBSON: A N I NTERVIEW WITH THE W RITERS B EHIND M EL G IBSON’S T HE P ASSION OF THE C HRIST 1 D AVID SHEPHERD Briercrest College and Seminary W hile writer-director-producer Mel Gibson understandably received the lion’s share of both the credit and the criticism for The Passion of the Christ (Icon, 2004) and its screenplay, the latter’s development and eventual realization on screen inevitably involved contributions from a variety of others. Two of the most signi ﬁ cant contributors were Benedict Fitzgerald, Gibson’s co-writer on the screenplay and Dr. William Fulco, who consulted on theological and historical aspects of the script and translated the dialogue into the Latin, Aramaic and Hebrew heard in the ﬁ lm. Benedict Fitzgerald has been writing for both the big and small screen for over twenty- ﬁ ve years, beginning with the adaptation of Flannery O’Connor’s novel Wise Blood for John Huston in 1979. His writing over the past decade has included Zelda (1993), a biopic on F. Scott Fitzgerald, as well as small screen adaptations of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness (1994), starring John Malkovich and Herman Melville’s Moby Dick (1998).
Religion and the Arts – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2005
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