Mel Gibson’s upcoming film The Passion of Christ is already stirring up controversy and inflaming tempers and now it appears to be attracting the wrath of God himself.
NEW YORK—Don’t tell Jan Michelini that lightning doesn’t strike twice. Michelini, an assistant director on Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of Christ,” was nicknamed “Lightning Boy” after lightning struck his umbrella during filming on a hilltop in the town of Matera, Italy, reported VLife, a supplement to Variety publications, in its October issue.
He suffered light burns on the tips of his fingers.
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.”
Luckily, they weren’t hurt.
There are several ways we can interpret this. God is pissed, but is also a big fan of Mel Gibson so instead of frying the actor/director himself he decides to singe the hairs of one of his crew members to see if the message gets across. Or, God is pissed and has lousy aim. Or, God is pissed and can’t tell the difference between Mel Gibson, Jan Michelini and Jim Caviezel. Or, God isn’t pissed but enjoys fucking with people’s heads by pretending he is pissed. Or God doesn’t exist and this is just a lesson on why it’s a bad idea to stand around with an umbrella on a hilltop in the rain.
Take your pick. I find them all equally amusing myself.