Mel Gibson used his controversial new film The Passion Of The Christ to "heal" his suicidal tendencies following a severe bout of depression.

The LETHAL WEAPON star claims he was on the brink of taking his own life before he started filming his new pet project - but the tale of the last few days of Jesus Christ's life eased his black mood.

He says, "I got to a very desperate place. Very desperate. Kind of jump-out-of-a-window kind of desperate.

"I didn't want to hang around here, but I didn't want to check out. But when you don't want to live, and you don't want to die, it's a desperate, horrible place to be.

"And I had to use The Passion Of The Christ to heal my wounds."

13/02/2004 18:18