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Jesus Henry Christ For Julia Roberts
Star to produce drama based on short

09 March 2009  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  

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If, like Empire, you’ve always wondered what the ‘H’ stands for in the popular blasphemy, ‘Jesus H. Christ’, Julia Roberts, of all people, may have the answer.

For Roberts – soon to be back back back in Tony Gilroy’s Duplicity, which opens this month – is to produce the intriguingly-titled comedy, Jesus Henry Christ. And we always thought it stood for ‘Horatio’.

Actually, the movie doesn’t seem to concern the Son of God, but instead is a coming-of-age tale that will focus on Henry James Hermin, a 10 year-old Petri dish baby (is that the modern equivalent of a virgin birth?), and son of a left-wing feminist, who sets out to find his biological father by following clues on a series of Post-It notes strewn around his home town.

The film is based on a 2003 short of the same name by writer/director Dennis Lee, although a quick squizz at the plot on IMDb would seem to indicate that it will be drastically reworked for feature length.

Lee directed Roberts in her forthcoming drama, Fireflies In The Garden, which opens this summer. Clearly, he made an impression on Roberts, enough to secure not only the writing/directing positions on the new Jesus Henry Christ, but also a directing slot on their upcoming adaptation of the novel, Birds In Fall.

At the moment, Roberts is only down to produce Jesus Henry Christ via her Red Om production company, but we wouldn’t be entirely surprised if she showed up in front of the camera, particularly as it may need serious starpower to overcome any misgivings theatre chains have about that name.


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Harold...
Is also a plausible choice and rooted in scripture as well. And I'm not going to debate an Eddie Izzard statement, so they are all valid before my eyes. I still favour INRI myself. More

Posted by JLG87 at 07:27 on 11 March 2009 | Report This Post

According to Eddie Izzard it's "H for Herbert". And he's a comedy god, so he should know! More

Posted by britesparc at 11:56 on 09 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: The middle name has been known for awhile...
Hmmm, I always thought the H stood for Harold. Harold be thy name! More

Posted by funkel at 10:49 on 09 March 2009 | Report This Post

The middle name has been known for awhile...
The Romans placed His middle name upon the cross and we can still see it to this day in Art: INRI C'mon Empire! This is a well known fact! More

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