Just when you thought James Cameron could not be a bigger asshole, he confounds all expectations by making a documentary about Jesus. And not just any documentary: a Controversial Documentary about how he had a wife, and a son (much to my dismay, not called Jeff), and that he may have been a mortal figure after all!
It's not the claim itself that's unsettling. Skepticism about Christ and his teachings are as old as, well, Christ and his teachings. Not only that, but the mid-seventies saw a barrage of pseudo-scientific literature on Jesus, his apparent mortality and his lineage, not to mention the hyperbole surrounding The Da Vinci Code, in turn liberally based on the former set of "studies." One might even say Jesus's mortality has been done to death (if one liked cheap puns - and one does).
The only aspect of this whole publicity stunt that is worthy of empirical interest is Cameron's perceived sense of self-importance and self-worth. Does the man wake up one day and think that he can tackle any subject in the world, however obvious or pointless it might be to do so? And, you know, that can be a fun intellectual pursuit I suppose, but Cameron has a propensity to turn even the most basic and unoriginal idea into an asseveration grand. What's next? Is he literally going to try and rediscover America? He does realise he is not God, right?
"It doesn't get bigger than this," said Cameron at a news conference, apparently. I think he was talking about his ego.
Read the story here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6397373.stm