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Who should have been cast as Pontius Pilate?


I found that David Bowie really underplayed that role. In the book he was portrayed as an arrogant, disdainful character whose sense of humanity was clouded by political ambition and with nothing but contempt for subject races. I reckon that the role should have gone to Marlon Brando. He could have reprised a performance similar to that of his role as Colonel Kurz in Apocalypse Now.

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David Bowie was perfect, RIP

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Glad to see some activity here. I've been wanting to get this film for years but it's hard to find and quite expensive.

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I borrowed it from my local library.

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David Bowie, no contest. Perfectly played against Willem Dafoe as Jesus.

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Considering Marlon Brando demanded 20 million per movie at that time and the budget was only 7 million they might have had a tough time persuading him.

Also, Scorsese wanted British actors to portray the Romans.

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Good point. Still, I think Alan Rickman could have done a better job than David Bowie.

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Good call. Rickman would have knocked it out of the park. Bowie was more of a name at that time and he was still an interesting choice for Pilate and his short scene was still compelling. Jeremy Irons would have been great too.

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sam neill

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Barry Dennen

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David Bowie was brief but very good as Pilate. I haven't read the book, but I was pleased with the film.

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