Strange Lightning Reported On Set Of Gibson Film, Striking Man Playing Christ
By Michael H. Brown
Strange lightning plagued the set of the Mel Gibson movie on Christ's Passion, according to VLife, a supplement to the entertainment magazine Variety, in the October issue. The magazine says that the assistant director, Jan Michelini, was dubbed "Lightning Boy" after lightning struck his umbrella during filming on a hilltop in Matera, Italy.
"He suffered light burns on the tips of his fingers," reports Associated Press. "A few months later, while the crew was on a remote location a few hours from Rome, a storm rolled in and Michelini, again carrying an umbrella, was standing beside star Jim Caviezel on top of a hill, the publication said. 'I'm about a hundred feet away from them,' producer Steve McEveety was quoted as saying, 'when I glance over and see lightning coming out of Caviezel's ears. Both Caviezel and Michelini got struck this time. The main bolt hit Caviezel and one of its forks hit Michelini's umbrella.'"
There were no injuries, but it was one of many strange events associated with this powerful movie, which will be released on Ash Wednesday -- and is based at least in part on the mysticism of Venerable Anne Catherine Emmerich, a powerhouse of a stigmatic.
Caviezel, who recently spoke in Washington, stars as Christ and Monica Bellucci is Mary Magdalene in the film.
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