Filming has already begun on the remake of Ben-Hur and with every high profile movie you have people who are just looking to snap a picture of what is happening on set. Ben-Hur is certainly one of those high profile movies although it does seem that it is high profile because people seem so eager to hate it. I am eager! I am eager to see this story brought to life so that I can share it with my son who will most likely not connect to the 1959 version as he would with one made in today.
I shared some of the photos of Ben-Hur himself on set, you can view those pictures by clicking here. However, the pictures that Dailymail.com posted yesterday are extraordinary. Why? Because they are photos of Rodrigo Santoro as Jesus.
As some of you might already be aware, both the 1925 versions and 1959 versions do to great lengths not to show the face of Jesus. A neat gimmick, but in order to pull of that gimmick the role of Jesus had to be diminished from what it was in the novel. I do not believe it was a covert attempt to diminish Jesus but rather an inadvertent outcome of trying to pull off the gimmick. From these photos it is certain that that gimmick will be left in the past. It certainly seems that Jesus will have a more predominant role in this remake than he did in the previous movies. This is keeping more with the Novel and my hope is that it leads to the movie including the Garden scene.
Take a look at Ben-Hur (2016)’s Jesus!