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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Never Underestimate Paul Verhoeven

posted by on April 23 at 15:18 PM


In Showgirls: Portrait of a Film, Paul Verhoeven identified his horrifically hilarious 1995 stripper drama as “a Christian morality tale.”

Now Verhoeven’s going to Christianity’s source, writing a biography of Jesus that will be published in the Netherlands in September.

According to the Associated Press, the book will be published in the U.S. in 2009. The title alone is worthy of a prize, and perhaps a pie in the face: Jesus of Nazareth: A Realistic Portrait.

If the book’s portrait of Jesus is half as accurate as Showgirls portrayal of women, I’ll be in heaven.

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Oh please, everyone knows that Anne Rice is the ultimated authority on the life of Jesus.

Posted by JC | April 23, 2008 3:38 PM

Funny, I always thought that the Romans had nailed Jesus to a Cross, not greased him to a Pole.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | April 23, 2008 4:01 PM

It sure will be a shock to most Christians when they find out that Jayzus liked hanging out with girls, eating burgers and fries, waxing his various body parts, "empowering" himself, challenging Pontius Pilot's soldiers to arrest him for smoking, and then gettin' his ass to Mars.

Posted by Original Andrew | April 23, 2008 4:09 PM

shocking revelation: jesus loved doggy chow.

Posted by brandon | April 23, 2008 4:10 PM

Considering how much actual "historical information" there is on Yeshua, outside of the New Testament, this book is going to be what? - six or seven pages long?

Unless it also contains lengthy chapters on the cyborg cops and dolphin-orgasming Vegas strippers he partied with, of course.

Posted by COMTE | April 23, 2008 4:16 PM

Oh please make it into a film. Obvious, but Elizabeth Berkly would make the PERFECT Mary.

Posted by StrangerDanger | April 23, 2008 4:27 PM

brandon @ 4,

LMAO, well done!

Posted by Original Andrew | April 23, 2008 4:27 PM

Veroeven's been wanting to do a historical (i.e. no metaphysics) Jesus pic for a long time. Good for him. Hell, the "Fourth Man" has some great homoerotic Christ stuff going on in it.

Posted by Jay | April 23, 2008 5:11 PM

Since my other post has never appeared:

Verhoeven has been wanting to do a materialist take on Christ for decades and has even sat on some international committee of Christ scholars who were into questions of historical veracity. I say great.

A lot of his films have Christian themes. "The Fourth Man" has some great crucifixion themed gay sex- it's about a gay Catholic alcoholic stuck in some religious-themed sexual nightmare. Fun ensues.

Then there's "Robocop," which he claims is loaded with religious symbolism, the most obvious being Robocop being "crucified" with bullets and "resurrected."

Religion is mocked at length in "Flesh and Blood," among everything else medieval.

Man, I love the dude.

Posted by Jay | April 23, 2008 5:19 PM

I'll stick with Lair of the White Worm. Ken Russell, if I remember correctly. Twisted motherfucker.

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | April 23, 2008 5:52 PM

verhoeven didn't write "showgirls": it was the work of that glorious hack, esterhaus. verhovoeven did lend it some grandeur with his excellent direction, tho, ala "robocop and the marvelously fascistic "starship troopers."

Posted by ellarosa | April 23, 2008 8:47 PM

@4 OMFG. LMFAO. Brilliant.

@11 Verhoeven may not have written Showgirls, but he wrote the essays in the coffee table book, which is so worth buying. Every director has their cracked up vision of the movie they're making, even if the writer doesn't necessarily agree.

Posted by TheMisanthrope | April 23, 2008 8:52 PM

There's a good book out already called Jesus for the Non-Religious.

Posted by Greg | April 23, 2008 9:22 PM

What the Hell is "dolphin-orgasming?"

Posted by KeeKee | April 23, 2008 11:50 PM

I hope it has ED-209 in it.

Posted by el Rutherford | April 24, 2008 8:17 AM

Will Elizabeth Berkley be licking the Jesus pole? That's all I want to know.

Posted by Geni | April 24, 2008 1:53 PM

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