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Judas Iscariot was the secondary antagonist of the 2004 Mel Gibson film The Passion of the Christ. Judas betrayed Jesus Christ to the authorities, setting in motion events that would culminate in the death and resurrection of Christ.


As the film began Judas and a group of soldiers went to the Garden of Gethsemane where he knew Jesus and some of his disciples were spending the evening. Judas informed the soldiers beforehand that he would kiss the one who was Jesus, that was the man that they should arrest. Judas came into the garden and walked up to Jesus, and kissed him. Jesus asked if Judas intended to betray him with a kiss.

The soldiers then laid hands on Jesus. Peter tried to prevent the arrest, attacking the high priest's servant and cutting off his ear. Jesus healed the young man before being led away. Judas followed and watched in horror as the troops began to torture Jesus. Satan also took the opportunity to torment Judas for his actions during this time.

Regretting what he had done Judas tried to return the 30 pieces of silver that the high priests had given him beforehand. The high priests refused to take back the money so Judas threw the money into the temple.

Running away from the city of Jerusalem, Judas was tormented by demons that took the appearance of small children. Judas found a tree. Taking a length of rope he tied a noose around his neck and committed suicide.


  • This version of Judas Iscariot was portrayed by the Italian actor Luca Lionello. In addition to playing Judas, Lionello has also played other apostles as well. He played Barnabas in Imperium: St. Peter and Thomas in the 2005 film Mary.
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