WARNING – the following entry contains Passion of Christ movie spoilers.
Apparently this quote was from a Mel Gibson interview. He’s asked what the ugly baby was all about and replies, “It’s evil distorting what’s good. What is more tender and beautiful than a mother and a child? So the Devil takes that and distorts it just a little bit. Instead of a normal mother and child you have an androgynous figure holding a 40-year-old ‘baby’ with hair on his back. It is weird, it is shocking, it’s almost too much—just like turning Jesus over to continue scourging him on his chest is shocking and almost too much, which is the exact moment when this appearance of the Devil and the baby takes place.”
It’s the best explanation I’ve heard so far…