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New movie looks at Jesus’ racial heritage

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Jesus is coming again to the big screen. This time his appearance will not be as heralded as it was three years ago in Mel Gibson’s movie “The Passion of the Christ,” which collected more than $370 million in box office receipts. “Color of the Cross,” which depicts Jesus as an African Jew, will debut on only 30 screens — mostly in urban centers — when the movie is released Oct. 27. While Gibson wrote and directed his film, Jean-Claude LaMarre tops him in that he wrote, directed and played Jesus in “Color of the Cross.” He also composed the score, the first film score in LaMarre’s career. LaMarre said he hopes word of mouth will expand the film’s reach to 200 screens by the Nov. 10-12 weekend. “I don’t think Mel Gibson holds a monopoly on the story of Jesus,” said LaMarre, the son of a Protestant minister who attended a seminary himself to see whether he had a ministerial calling. “That was a successful film and widely received by the Christian community, so I don’t mind being compared to it.”
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