Audience Reaction to 'The Passion'
Jim Caviezel's portrayal of Jesus, in a scene from The Passion of the Christ.
With actors speaking in subtitled Aramaic and Latin, Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ was originally thought of as an art-house picture. But as the director traded accusations with Jewish leaders and pundits speculated on whether the film would fuel anti-Semitism, interest has grown to the point that it opened this week in some 2,800 theaters. Follow NPR's coverage of the film: