Roma Downey

In a monumental effort to recreate and produce the 1950s blockbuster “Ben-Hur” for modern audiences, Hollywood power couple Roma Downey and Mark Burnett took a page from Mel Gibson’s playbook. The duo shot a remake of the classic film in Matera, Italy — one of the same locations that Gibson used in his 2004 megahit “The Passion of the Christ.”

Downey, who screened clips of the film at a private event at the Sheen Center in New York City on Oct. 9, explained why they chose the location to bring their version of first century Jerusalem to life.

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“Matera is absolutely gorgeous. It’s where Mel Gibson filmed ‘The Passion of the Christ.’ It’s a beautiful, interesting-looking town that’s carved out of rock and had all these caves and was able to provide for us on the film a geography and landscape of rocky terrain, because, of course, we couldn’t shoot in Jerusalem,” said Downey.

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source: TheChristianPost.com

Roma Downey Explains How ‘Passion of The Christ’ Film Location Helped Bring ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake To Life  was originally published on praisecleveland.com

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