David Paul Kirkpatrick has a great post he shared on facebook the other day:
I have no need nor standing to tell him what cinema portrayals are best, but it helped solidify something I’ve been thinking about.
The 2006 movie, Son of Man, portrays Jesus as a modern day African in a war-torn part of the continent. It is startling because it is the depiction of Jesus is unlike anything I witnessed before. When Mary, on the run from militants seeking to rape her, hides, it gives a new twist to envisioning the danger the Holy Family endured.
Lately, we have seen the Bible series portray Jesus as another British white guy. I am not criticizing this because frankly, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to do so.
I want to see a different cinematic portrayal of Jesus. Here are the things I’d do.
- Jesus is a tanned, short, rather mundane if not completely ugly looking male actor played by a Jew.
- The disciples are younger, sort of like the Outsiders, but you know, 1st century Jews.
- The Romans are played by superman-types. Blond, blue-haired, robust and stoutly fellows.
- The torture of Jesus includes rape. Yes, I know. Very controversial.
- The conclusion ends where Mark originally does.
What are you thoughts?