Director Mel Gibson makes a bizarre cameo in his forthcoming film THE PASSION OF CHRIST - his hand is reportedly seen putting a nail into the palm of Christ.

The film, which has attracted controversy amid fears it would ignite tension between Christian and Jewish groups, has also encouraged a fierce following of internet fan sites, rife with speculation.

Some sites have reported that a hand that appears during Christ's crucifixion scene is Gibson's own, with fans suggesting the star's deeply-held religious guilt is behind the unusual gesture.

According to gossip site THE SCOOP, one claims the shot is "symbolic of the fact that he holds himself accountable first and foremost for Christ's death".

Gibson's representative has not commented on the claims.

06/01/2004 13:29