Journalists say Mel Gibson could portray Tobit
Hollywood trade journalists today published that executives are planning to use American actor Mel Gibson in a feature length film: The Book of Tobt. With over 1.3 billion Catholics world wide who are familiar with the story, it’s a mystery why it’s never been been done before.
In an interview with the Hollywire television streaming playform, screenwriter Alan Nafzger explained the progress he’s making selling the film to executives.
Sure I pitched this script to Mel Gibson’s people I don’t know if it will bridge the celebrity mote. I think a lot of people that work for Mel Gibson don’t even know him. Mel Gibson is the most popular and well known Catholic actor in Hollywood. Mel Gibson is a religious soul and he would be great to play the role. And I think if Mel Gibson knew about this project he would be eager.
One and a half billion people know the story from print (their Bibles) but they’ve never see it on the screen. As far as I know it is never been made into a feature film. There are animations and short depictions of the story. There’s a silent film from like 1923 but it’s so obscure.
Many are not familiar with Mel Gibson or Tobit
I’m guessing some of the people watching this on Hollywire, are not familiar with the story; let me summarize it for you. It’s eight Jewish weddings and seven demonic murders. It’s about a woman named Sarah and she’s haunted by a demon and she gets married seven times and the weddings are never consummated. A demon, Asmodeus, kills the groom before the marriage can be consummated; they never reached the wedding bed. The new husband is killed in the parking lot or sometimes in the tent, standing exactly where he was married. Mell Gibson would be great as Tobit; Tobit would be the father in law, who isn’t intimidated.
So poor Sarah is haunted and you know after seven times she gets a bit jaded. And she’s ridiculed even by the maid their family makes fun of her and she thinks about the suicide. She prays to God Get Me Out of this life. She asks for God to come take her life.
At the same time far away a Tobit (Mel Gibson) also prays to die. He’s been blinded and he can’t take care of his wife and son. He’s accustomed to being successful in life, but honestly he’s up in his 80s but he doesn’t want to stop taking care of his family. He’s also jaded and wants God to end his life. But God’s not gonna take either one of them.
Tobit deposited some money in a London bank when he was young and forgot about it. Now he remembers it and sends his son to London. Well, who wants to travel with a ton of money? God sends an angel (Gabriel) to escort Tobit’s son Tobah to a bank. Tobah will meet Sarah, but there is the whole issue of the demon that the movie will need to sort out.
Huge Debate on-line about Toby
One it all the reasons I believe this will really sell at the boxoffice. I’ve found this big debate on the Internet (lost of participation): the question was, “Is Toby was a religious name? It is to Catholics and Orthodox Christians and it comes from this Bible story. Everybody knows next someone named Toby, it’s faily common.
Who is Mel Gibson?
Mel Gibson (born January 3, 1956) is an American actor, film director, producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for his action hero roles, particularly his breakout role as Max Rockatansky in the first three films of the post-apocalyptic action series Mad Max and as Martin Riggs in the buddy cop film series Lethal Weapon. Born in Peekskill, New York, Gibson moved with his parents to Sydney, Australia, when he was 12 years old. He studied acting at the National Institute of Dramatic Art, where he starred opposite Judy Davis in a production of Romeo and Juliet. During the 1980s, he founded Icon Entertainment, a production company, which independent film director Atom Egoyan has called “an alternative to the studio system”. Director Peter Weir cast him as one of the leads in the World War I drama Gallipoli (1981), which earned Gibson a Best Actor Award from the Australian Film Institute, as well as a reputation as a serious, versatile actor.
The Book of Tobit (/ˈtoʊbɪt/) is a 3rd or early 2nd century BCE Jewish work describing how God tests the faithful, responds to prayers, and protects the covenant community (i.e., the Israelites). It tells the story of two Israelite families, that of the blind Tobit in Nineveh and of the abandoned Sarah in Ecbatana. Tobit’s son Tobias is sent to retrieve ten silver talents that Tobit once left in Rages, a town in Media; guided and aided by the angel Raphael he arrives in Ecbatana, where he meets Sarah. A demon named Asmodeus has fallen in love with her and kills anyone she intends to marry, but with the aid of Raphael the demon is exorcised and Tobias and Sarah marry, after which they return to Nineveh where Tobit is cured of his blindness.
In 1995, Gibson produced, directed, and starred in Braveheart, a historical epic, for which he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Director, the Academy Award for Best Director, and the Academy Award for Best Picture. He later directed and produced The Passion of the Christ, a biblical drama that was both financially successful and highly controversial. He received further critical notice for his directorial work of the action-adventure film Apocalypto (2006), which is set in Mesoamerica during the early 16th century.
The Book of Tobit is included in the Catholic and Orthodox canons but not in the Jewish; the Protestant tradition places it in the Apocrypha, with Anabaptists, Lutherans, Anglicans and Methodists recognizing it as part of the Bible and useful for purposes of edification and liturgy, albeit non-canonical in status. The vast majority of scholars recognize it as a work of fiction with some historical references.
After several legal issues and controversial statements leaked to the public, Gibson’s public image plummeted significantly, affecting his careers in acting and directing. His career began seeing resurgence with his performance in Jodie Foster’s The Beaver (2011), and his directorial comeback after an absence of 10 years, Hacksaw Ridge (2016), which won two Academy Awards and was nominated for another four, including Best Picture and Best Director for Gibson, his second nomination in the category.