An NBC press release:
BURBANK, Calif. – February 27, 2004– In an interview with “Access Hollywood,” actor Kevin Costner says that people “shouldn’t be attacking” Mel Gibson for his film “The Passion of the Christ.” The interview airs on “Access Hollywood,” Friday, February 27, 2004 (check local listings for time and station).
Costner says that Gibson doesn’t deserve all the criticism that he is receiving for his film “The Passion of the Christ,” which depicts Jesus’ last hours. “We shouldn’t be attacking a filmmaker like Mel Gibson who, number one, is an honorable filmmaker…and probably questioned himself more than anybody even knows. So, like leave him alone.”