Jewish leaders have blasted Mel Gibson and Warner Bros. for developing a movie about the Jewish war hero Judah Maccabee.
"Judah Maccabee deserves better. He is a hero of the Jewish people and a universal hero in the struggle for religious liberty. It would be a travesty to have his story told by one who has no respect and sensitivity for other people's religious views," Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti Defamation League, told The Hollywood Reporter.
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Question: Is it true that someone was struck by lightning during the filming of The Passion of the Christ?
Answer: Yes. Actor Jim Caviezel, who played Jesus in Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ (2004), was struck by lightning while shooting in October 2003. Assistant director Jan Michelini was struck a few minutes later. Neither man was permanently injured, but from Caviezel's description (this quote was taken from an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, but he discussed the lightning strike in many interviews), it was a pretty frightening experience. "I was doing the Sermon on the Mount….[a]nd when it happened, I saw the extras grab the ground. What they saw was fire coming out