Jesus at the Oscars

25/02/09 | Posted by MattPage

Our ReJesus reporter caught up with Jesus on the red carpet outside the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood moments before Sunday’s big show

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RJ: Jesus do you have a moment?
JC: Pretty much got forever one way or another…

RJ: First of all, and I realise that this sounds a bit trivial, but could I ask you what you’re wearing this evening?
JC: Well I’ve gone for that white bed sheet look again this year. I know I do it every year, but it’s pretty much the only thing I own. Plus it’s all made out of one piece of cloth which makes it pretty special. It was a gift actually.

RJ: Any idea what will win in the major categories?

JC: That WOULD be telling [grins]

RJ: OK let me rephrase that, which films would you like to see do well?

JC: I really liked Doubt - Philip Seymour Hoffman and Meryl Streep were both in great form, and it struggled with some of the bigger questions.

RJ: Like what?
JC: Well the concept of moving further away from God in order to do his work for starters. I can really relate to that. The time when I was serving God the most was also the time I felt he had totally deserted me. But there’s also the idea of when and if we should judge and act. Are there times when not acting would lead to others being damaged that we need to step in even if we’re not 100% sure? I bet you’re going to quote that “log in the eye” thing to me now?

RJ: I’ll try to resist! Anything else you enjoyed?
JC: I also got a lot from Wall-E – it seems a shame it didn’t even get nominated for best film just because it’s animation. I loved the way it drew on the old silent movies at the start of the film, and the way that even though Wall-E is a robot he demonstrates so much about what it means to be human. I suspect that, in years to come, this might become one of those films we can’t believe got overlooked. For what it’s worth, I was also surprised that The Dark Knight didn’t get a Best Picture nom.

RJ: What about Slumdog Millionnaire?

JC: The buzz is that it’s going to win best picture, and do well elsewhere too, and I guess it’s the kind of film that does well at the Oscars. Danny [Boyle] is a good guy, and he’s done some great films over his career. This isn’t quite as good as Trainspotting, but it’s up there with his better films. Its visuals are stunning, but a bit too reliant on City of God. I like the story, and the way it dares to attempt a modern fairy tale, and the nod to a higher power. But at the very moment that its heroes are escaping from the poverty of the slums, I’m troubled by those left behind.

RJ: Lastly, people seem to think Mickey Rourke will snag best actor for The Wrestler  - a role which some see as touching on your own story. Any thoughts on that?
JC: Well I know his character suffers and is beaten, and that there’s an Isaiah reference in there, but if this is about redemptive sacrifice, then, at the end of the day, I’m not sure who has truly been redeemed by it all. It’s a great performance by Mickey though.

RJ: Jesus, thanks for your time.

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