Originally Posted by Dr.
I donít think you have to be Christian to be influenced by the Jesus/messiah archetype (which arguably derives from even earlier mythologies). It obviously impressed/influenced Mankiewicz, Donner and Singer (all Jewish).
True, but documentation on S&S inspirations for the character speak of pulp fiction and details from their lives. No trace of christian influence anywhere There's been speculation on whether or not they were inspired by their Jewish backgrounds as sons of Jewish immigrants either unconsciously or overtly, I think there was a book written about it. But given the era in which they grew up and their backgrounds, making a case for Jesus being the inspiration is flimsy at best. The Jesus metaphor came later.