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Robot jesus

I’m coming to this one late, but in case you hadn’t heard — during some of the crucifixion scenes in Mel Gibson’s christspolitation flick The Passion of the Christ, it was actually a $400,000 robot Jesus, because the weather was too cold for the actual actor to endure.

UPDATE: Ah, this was too good to be true, and I probably should have known. Reader Will noted in the discussion thread for this item that the robotic jesus is an urban legend.

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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