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Kevin Smith on Dogma vs. Passion

23 Mar 2004 by Matthew Linderman

Kevin Smith, director of Clerks, Dogma, and now Jersey Girl, on the hub bub over “The Passion of the Christ.” (NY Times)

I haven’t seen it yet. I think it’s funny, though, that people bring it up and ask me, “What do you think of the controversy?” I’m like, “What controversy?” The dude made a movie about Jesus in a country that’s largely Christian — a very traditional movie — and it’s made over $200 million in two weeks. There ain’t no controversy, people. That’s a hit. They took one or two Jewish leaders in the beginning and said, “This may be construed as anti-Semitic,” and then spun it into a must-see movie for hard-core Christians. You’ve got to go see it if you love Jesus. I wish to God I had thought to do that when I was making “Dogma.”

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23 Mar 2004 | Harry said...

Yes, I'll never forget that Sabbath when Mel stopped by temple looking for one or two people to help him hype his film. Then I guess he headed to New York to persuade the Times to write article after article after article about how it would be the start of the Fourth Reich and all. Good times…

23 Mar 2004 | Don Schenck said...

Dogma ... funny movie. Makes some good points, too.

24 Mar 2004 | Darrel said...

That about sums it up. Sex and Religion sell like hotcakes. (I have to figure out how to come up with christian porn...THAT will be the jackpot...)

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