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Message Subject casting Jesus in films, costume & historical errors
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Willem Dafoe could not see for three days because he got too many eye drops to dilate the pupils of his eyes in bright sunlight to achieve a superhuman effect.

When the film was finally green-lit in the mid-1980 Martin Scorsese offered the role of Jesus to Aidan Quinn who had initially been cast during a previous attempt to make the film. Scorsese then considered both Eric Roberts and Christopher Walken before casting Willem Dafoe. Can you believe David Carradine was also considered????

Martin Scorsese banned smoking from the set, both because he's a severe asthmatic, and to avoid any photographs being taken of the biblical characters--namely Willem Dafoe, who smoked at the time--with cigarettes hanging out of their mouths.

Willem Dafoe filmed the scene where the cobras crawl into Jesus' hut with an extremely high fever.
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