Joaquin Phoenix plays Jesus in the next film, "Mary Magdalene," but he refused to perform one of the miracles recorded in the gospels.
One of the first scenes in the film required the 44-year-old actor, who recently played Joker, to perform a miracle of John's gospel, in which Jesus healed a blind man by rubbing the mud in his eyes (represented by a woman in the movie) .
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"I knew about that scene from the Bible, but I think I had never really considered it," Phoenix told CNN. "When I got there, I thought:" I'm not going to rub the dirt in my eyes, who could do that? "It does not make any sense. That is a horrible introduction to seeing. "
Phoenix took the matter into his own hands, simply licking his thumb and rubbing the woman's eyes. It does not mud, but he argues that it does not take away the miracle that Jesus performed.
The film, which premieres on Good Friday, looks at the story of Jesus from a more feminine perspective, as many biblical scholars have called Mary Magdalene, played by Phoenix's real-life girlfriend, Rooney Mara, the "first feminist "
The film originally premiered at the end of 2017, but was repeatedly rejected after The Weinstein Co. was caught up in multiple allegations of sexual assault against producer Harvey Weinstein. IFC Films finally launched it.