Thursday, November 30, 2006

Life imitates art, minus the immaculate part

Hmm, well this is interesting. I hadn’t paid much attention to the upcoming release of “The Nativity Story.” The film is a retelling of Mary and Joseph’s intrepid journey to a little town called Bethlehem. But, seems life has a way of imitating art, while art imitates the Gospels. In the movie, Oscar-nominated Kiwi actress Keisha Castle-Hughes plays Mary. And, wouldn’t you know it, the 16-year-old “Whale Rider” star is pregnant in real life. All this has presented a problem for the various religious groups (cough, cough, The Vatican, cough, cough) which endorsed the project. Hmm, wasn't Mary an unwed teen who became pregnant? I'm just saying. Another hmm, "The Nativity Story" is helmed by “thirteen” writer-director Catherine Hardwicke. With all its sex, drugs, petty theft and girl-on-girl kissing, that film isn’t exactly the sort of thing you’d expect to find on the resume of the person behind a big-budget Sunday School lesson. Things that make you go hmmm.

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