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    where did Mel get the inspiration for "The Passion"?

    For those who never knew this - and a reminder to those who did.
    Man Without a Face
    From Paul Harvey

    Paul Harvey often brings us interesting things, and as you might have guessed this is one of those things. I hope you enjoy this.

    Years ago a hardworking man took his family from New York State to Australia to take advantage of a work opportunity there. Part of this man's family was a handsome son who had aspirations of joining the circus as a trapeze artist or an actor. This young fellow, biding his time until a circus job or even as a stagehand came along, worked at the local shipyards which bordered on the worse section of town.

    Walking home from work one evening, this young man was attacked by five thugs who wanted to rob him and proceeded
    to beat him to a pulp.

    They mashed his face with their boots, and kicked and beat his
    body brutally with clubs, leaving him for dead. When the police happened to find him lying in the road they assumed he was dead and called for the Morgue Wagon.

    On the way to the morgue, a policeman heard him gasp for air,
    and they immediately took him to the emergency unit at the hospital.

    When he was placed on a gurney, a nurse remarked to her horror, that this young man no longer had a face. His eye socket was smashed, his skull, legs and arms fractured, his nose literally hanging from his face, all his teeth were gone, and his jaw was almost completely torn from his skull.

    Although his life was spared, he spent over a year in the hospital. When he finally left, his body may have healed but his face was disgusting to look at. He was no longer the handsome youth that veryone admired. When the young man started to look for work again, he was turned down by everyone just on account of the way he looked. One potential employer suggested to him that he join the freak show at the circus as "The man who had no face." And he did this for a while. He was still rejected by everyone and no one wanted to be seen in his
    company. He had thoughts of suicide. This went on for 5 years.

    One day he passed a church and sought some solace there.
    Entering the church he encountered a priest who had seen him sobbing while kneeling in a pew. The priest took pity on him and took him to the rectory where they talked at length. The priest was impressed with him to such a degree that he said he would do everything possible for him that could be done to restore his dignity and life, if the young man would promise to be the best Catholic he could be, and trust in God's mercy to free him from his torturous life.

    The young man went to Mass and Communion every day, and after thanking God for saving his life, asked God to only give him peace of mind and the grace to be the best man he could ever be in His eyes.

    The priest, through his personal contacts was able to secure the services of the best plastic surgeon in Australia. There would be no cost to the young man, as the doctor was the priest's best friend. The doctor too was so impressed by the young man, whose outlook now on life, even though he had experienced the worst, was filled with good humor and love.

    The surgery was a miraculous success. All the best dental work
    was also done for him. The young man became everything he promised God he would be.

    He was also blessed with a wonderful, beautiful wife, and many
    children, and success in an industry, which would have been the furthest thing from his mind as a career, if not for the goodness of God and the love of the people who cared for him. This he acknowledges publicly.

    The young man is.......MEL GIBSON.

    His life was the inspiration for his production of the movie
    "The Man Without A Face." He is to be admired by all of us as a God fearing man, a political conservative, and an example to all as a true man of courage.

    And to think I admired him before I knew any of this!! He is
    quite a man!!!!

    Paul Harvey

    This may help us understand why Mel Gibson has been so committed to his latest movie venture as director of, "The Passion." Gibson is once again being attacked. This time because of his blunt honesty and commitment to Biblical accuracy in his vivid portrayal of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

    T-10 complete

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    "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming 'WOO HOO' what a ride!"

    I love Mel Gibson as an actor and a director but e-mails like this drive me nuts. Here's an article I came across:

    Mel Gibson: A Real Life 'Man Without a Face'?

    Part 2: The rest of the story... More of this Feature
    • Part 1: Email Rumor

    To be sure, the great Paul Harvey has propagated more than a few urban legends in his time, but this particular bit of codswallop was not his doing. It's a spoof, passably mimicking the style and format of Harvey's radio commentaries. (I'm told Mr. Harvey did do a 2000 story on Mel Gibson in which he recounted a minor incident in the actor's youth - a violent bar fight that left him battered and bruised - which may have inspired this Internet tall tale. But the words you just read were not his.)

    As for Gibson himself, his real life story, interesting though it may be to his fans, is not the stuff of which high drama is made. Born in 1956 in Peekskill, New York, he indeed moved to Australia with his family at the age of 12, but the teen-aged Mel, far from having aspirations to join the circus or become an actor, was, by his own admission, a loner and a heavy drinker with no particular direction in life.

    It was his older sister, Mary, who set Gibson's future career in motion by submitting an application in his name - and without his knowledge - to the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney. Having nothing to lose, he auditioned and was accepted. He proved to be a talented actor and lived theatrically ever after. "I woke up in the bloody hospital with head stitches, a busted nose, my jaw off the hook, peeing blood..."

    His first big break in the movies occurred in 1979 when he landed the starring role in a low-budget Australian flick called "Mad Max," which soon attracted a cult following. There's an anecdote surrounding this early triumph which presumably inspired our apocryphal email story.

    About a week before the big audition, he got drunk at a party and wound up in a fistfight with three other men. And lost. "I woke up in the bloody hospital with head stitches, a busted nose, my jaw off the hook, peeing blood," he recalled in a 1995 Playboy interview. He was "still a mess" on the day of the audition, but ironically it was his busted-up face (he claims) that caught director George Miller's attention and won Gibson the part as the film's post-apocalyptic antihero.

    Be that as it may, he did not require a year in the hospital to recover, nor was he left permanently disfigured, nor did he join a circus freak show and spend five years wandering and horribly depressed. On the contrary, he healed quickly, shot Mad Max that same year and went on - within the same span of time our email story tells us it took him to hit bottom, find God and undergo plastic surgery - to become one of the world's most sought-after leading men.

    He did, in fact, later direct and star in "The Man Without a Face," the 1993 film adaptation of Isabelle Holland's novel of the same name. In it, he played a reclusive teacher whose face had been horribly scarred as a result of an automobile accident. But the script wasn't based on Gibson's own life, not even remotely. As a matter of fact, the novel (as in a work of fiction) from which the film was adapted was first published in 1972.

    Mel Gibson was 16 years old at the time.


      HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!! Sorry Josh, I usualy check these out but didnt this time. This is why I dont pass stuff on unless it comes from a newspaper. Oh well....

      I'll go see what has to say about it.

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      "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming 'WOO HOO' what a ride!"


        I figured it had to be B.S. No one with the injuries described could have been restored to look like Mel.
        And as for the movie's accuracy, many of Mel's "facts" (the nails, etc.) are unsubstantiated by the Bible, while others (the use of Latin instead of Greek) are known to be wrong. It seems that Mel just pretty much took the popular version he knew and put it on film as graphically as possible. It's a movie, after all, not a documentary, and he did what any producer or director would do; he sold it. There were no cameras rolling at the crucifiction.



          I undeerstand. When I first heard this I believed it too.


            Actually his first staring role was in a little known Australian film called "Tim" inwhich he plays a young man with a developmental disability who has an affair with an older woman. Good film, and it won many awards in Australia.

            I think his inspiration for this film has more to do with his family's close association (esp. his father) with the Opus Dei movement in the Catholic church than anything else.


              He doesn't practice modern catholicism. I believe he practices the brand of catholicism that was standard, before the modernization took place in the late 60's.

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