Erin Richter
March 05, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Mel Gibson knows all too well that the time leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion isn’t called ”the Passion” for nothing. Behold the fiery headlines that greeted a few of Hollywood’s previous adaptations of the New Testament.

1 THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST (1988) (The New York Times, 8/14/88)

2 JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (1973) (The New York Times, 8/9/73)

3 THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD (1965) (New York Herald Tribune, 12/9/62)

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