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Costner Defends Mel Gibson’s ‘Passion’

February 28, 2004

NEW YORK (AP) _ Kevin Costner said people ``shouldn’t be attacking″ Mel Gibson for ``The Passion of the Christ,″ in an interview on the syndicated entertainment TV show ``Access Hollywood.″

``We shouldn’t be attacking a filmmaker like Mel Gibson who, number one, is an honorable filmmaker ... and probably questioned himself more than anybody even knows. So, like leave him alone,″ the 49-year-old director-actor said.

The film, starring Jim Caviezel as Jesus, is a bloody depiction of Christ’s final hours and crucifixion.

Some Christian and Jewish leaders have complained the movie could fuel anti-Semitism by implying Jews were collectively responsible for Christ’s death.


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