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EWTN TO AIR 2ND EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH MEL GIBSON ON "THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST"

Irondale, AL (EWTN) - EWTN Global Catholic Network will air News Director Raymond Arroyo’s second exclusive interview, with Academy Award winning actor and director, Mel Gibson, as part of the international newsmagazine, The World Over Live. Their complete conversation will air on Friday, January 23 at 8 PM EDT, Saturday, January 24 at 1 AM EDT, Sunday, January 25 at 5 PM EDT, and Monday, January 26 at 10 AM EDT and 11 PM EDT. In the interview, Gibson breaks his silence, speaking for the first time about charges that his film, The Passion of the Christ is anti-Semitic. He talks about his bold vision for the project and his motivation for making the film. Gibson tells Arroyo, “It reflects my beliefs-I’ve never done that before.” He also candidly comments on the controversy surrounding the movie, his resistance to altering the film, and his personal commitment to press forward: “I don’t know if I will ever work again. I’ve said that this is a career killer and it could well be, but that doesn’t matter because I don’t care,” Gibson says in the interview. Based on biblical accounts, the movie, "The Passion of the Christ," depicts the last 12 hours of Christ’s life on earth and will be released in the U.S. on Ash Wednesday, February 25th. EWTNews Director, Raymond Arroyo was on set, in Italy during the filming of “The Passion of the Christ” last year, and is the only broadcast journalist to conduct an extended interview with Mel Gibson about the project. Raymond Arroyo will discuss his latest interview upon request. EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 22nd year, is available in English and Spanish in more than 85 million television households in 110 countries. And with its worldwide short wave radio station, satellite delivered radio network, Internet site (www.ewtn.com) and publishing arm, EWTN is the largest religious media network in the world.

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