updated 05/03/2004 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 05/03/2004 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Now that director Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ has earned $360 million, we asked a few celebs to tell us what they think about the man, the movie and the hype
Mel Gibson should take a bow. It was real. As a Baptist, I agree with him. He did a great job of telling the truth.
It was a powerful film. I didn't look away. There are a lot more violent films out there that I have seen.
Haven't seen it. I know the ending.
I was profoundly moved, but I felt like I was beaten to a pulp by the end of it. I think it is a movie that everybody on the planet should see.
The best Jewish role finally comes up and if s played by a Gentile—that's the real tragedy.
It's good that people are arguing about it all over the country. Can you imagine something that happened 2,000 years ago still raising these pros and cons?
I loved The Passion. It transcends films. It's like watching a painting coming to life0. At the heart of it is a man taking a risk, putting his career on the line to make an artistic and religious statement.
KWAME JACKSON (The Apprentice)
I think [Mel] is going to receive over $500 million for it, so I applaud him for being a great capitalist.
Loved it. I cried out of repentance.
As a lapsed Roman Catholic and ex-altar boy, I thought, except for the scourging scene, it wasn't as over-the-top as people said.
If we can make it through Fear Factor, we can make it through this.
I think this is an important event. I haven't seen it yet, but I'm dying to. My [11-year-old] son is dying to see it, too.
When I saw the movie, I bore witness. I felt that if I could be a better human being, that's what the movie is there to teach you.
I'll see it when it comes out on video so I can pause it and be like, "Oh my God, too scary."
The movie was wonderfully done. It gives you, especially as a Christian, a true sense of what Jesus went through.
A two-hour scourging is not my idea of a good time.
SAMAIRE ARMSTRONG (The O.C.)
I'm not into being herded into films because of hype.
I'll watch it on DVD—I'm saving it for a long flight.
A) Mel Gibson is ridiculous. B) His father scares me. And C) I don't like Bible movies.