Here is Mel Gibson delivering a line from his version of Hamlet, produced in 1990. Hamlet talks about the power of a play to move men, to the point where they may even be moved to confess their hidden crimes.
The important line, at 8:40 or thereabouts in the video is:
I have heard,
That guilty creatures sitting at a play
Have by the very cunning of the scene
Been struck so to the soul that presently
They have proclaimed their malefactions;
Remember, this is Mel Gibson, in 1990 or thereabouts.
Later, in about 2004, Gibson made The Passion of the Christ. One of the things the movie did was get people to confess their crimes. They did this more than once.
The fourth recent instance of confession to a crime was reported yesterday in Mesa, Ariz., where a man walked up to police Sunday at the scene of a burglary and confessed to the break-in as well as five or six others.
“He had made some mention that after watching the Mel Gibson movie . . . that was his motive for turning himself in,” said Mesa police detective Ruben Quesada, according to the East Valley Tribune in suburban Phoenix.
“It is a first,” Quesada told the paper.
Meanwhile, at least three other confessions have been reported in relationship to the film.
In Norway, a neo-Nazi confessed to two decade-old bombings after watching Gibson’s depiction of the suffering and death of Jesus Christ.
Near Houston, a man seeking “redemption” confessed to killing his girlfriend after her death had been ruled a suicide, saying he had been moved by his experience viewing “The Passion.”
In Florida, a fugitive from a bank robbery two years ago said he turned himself in to police after watching Gibson’s film