Mel Gibson No. 1 Thanks to Jesus
CNN Money — Mel Gibson No. 1 thanks to Jesus
Who says you can’t achieve fame and fortune with an indie, filmed entirely in Aramaic and Latin? The movie “The Passion of the Christ” did just that for actor-director Mel Gibson.
Gibson, the director, producer and screenwriter for the “Christ” flick, was named the world’s most powerful celebrity by Forbes magazine on Thursday, dethroning “Friends” star Jennifer Aniston from the No. 1 spot she held last year.
The magazine said the “Christ” film helped Gibson earn an estimated $210 million during the past 12 months.
Although the film opened amid a firestorm of controversy in February, “Christ” has grossed $370 million domestically and more than $600 million worldwide.
Aniston, who topped the list last year, came in at No. 17 on the list this year. The popular NBC sitcom that paid her a staggering million dollars per episode came to an end earlier this year.
I fail to see the contradiction between “opened amid a firestorm of controversy” and raking in a lot of money.
And how in the world was Jennifer Aniston #1 on the list?! She’s attractive and all but I’d have guessed several female actors–Halle Barry, Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz and J-Lo all come to mind–would be ahead of her in any serious power ranking. They must be using the BCS computer.