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David Bowie's brief but memorable appearance


The remarkable thing about Bowie’s performance in this film is that for a performer who was known for pushing boundaries and embracing his freakier side, Bowie’s performance as Pilate is incredibly down to earth. His Pilate is weary, because he’s seen hundreds, maybe even thousands, of people like Jesus before. When he asks Jesus to perform some sort of miracle, or trick, to prove his divinity, Jesus replies, “I’m not a trained animal and I’m not a magician.” Swathed in a brown leather toga, his hands clasped together in front of him, Bowie’s Pilate replies, “That’s disappointing. That means you’re just another Jewish politician": http://www.cutprintfilm.com/features/david-bowie-the-last-temptation-of-christ/

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Bowie was perfectly cast as Pilate and his outlandishness suited the tone of the film.

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Bowie played the character with an attitude that said "I really don't care if I have to execute you." I like his performance because I think it fits what I've often heard of Pontius Pilate, and that's that he was a ruthless leader. The way he carried himself, calm and seemingly disinterested, perfectly fits the idea of somebody being ruthless. No pity or compassion and generally cold.

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