Actor Struck by Lightning
December 1, 2003
Actor Jim Caviezel, who is starring as Jesus Christ in the new film
The Passion of Christ was struck by lightning while filming outside
The 35-year-old actor and the assistant director Jan Michelini were
both struck by a lightning bolt but escaped serious injury. It was
the second time in the past few months that Michelini has been struck.
According to reports, the main bolt
hit Caviezel while one of its forks hit the unbrella that Michelini
was carrying. Michelini was also carrying an unbrella the first
time he was struck a few months ago, lucklly he only suffered minor
burns to his finger tips.
"I'm about a hundred feet away
from them," producer Steve McEveety said, , "when I glance
over and see lightning coming out of Caviezel's ears."
The film, recently renamed "The
Passion of Christ," has been the center of controversy and
media attention due to claims by some organizations and individuals
that the movie –depicting the last 12 hours in Christ's life – might
inflame anti-Semitism by implying Jews were responsible for Jesus'
death. Some religious leaders who actually have viewed a rough cut
of the final product, however, call it the most powerful film about
Christ ever made.