Mel Gibson remembers Christo Jivkov, star of The Passion of the Christ

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“My dear friend Christo has lost his heroic battle with cancer. Until the last moment he was full of hope and his spirit was strong. I will miss him but I know his suffering is over and who has eternal bliss. May God take care of it.” As reported by Deadlines Mel Gibson, director, co-writer and producer de Christ’s passionrecalled Christo Jivkov, the Bulgarian actor who played the role of the apostle John in the 2004 film and who is disappeared at the age of 48 years old in a hospital in Los Angeles due to a cancer. Gibson and Jivkov kept in touch and met several times in the 19 years following the making of the film, which also starred Jim Caviezel and Monica Bellucci and grossed $612 million worldwide. Recently, the actor’s name had been associated with the rumored sequel The Passion of Christ: Resurrection, the realization of which, however, remained uncertain. The artist made his debut in cinema as the leader Giovanni delle Bande Nere, pseudonym of Ludovico di Giovanni De’ Medici, protagonist of the film The craft of arms (2001) directed by Ermanno Olmi and winner of nine awards at the David di Donatello 2002, including Best Film. Presented at the Cannes Film Festival, the film opened the doors of Italian cinema and television to Jivkov, so much so that among the messages of condolence published on social networks there was also the Instagram post by Maria Grazia Cucinottawhich with Jivkov he had starred in Fly Light (2009): “I still don’t want to believe you’re gone…infinite pain. Hi Christo, my friend, kind soul, your struggle for life was the struggle of all those who love you.”