'The Passion of the Christ' They say lightning doesn't strike twice, unless you're on the set of Mel Gibson's controversial film. With rumors of anti-Semitism and lines spoken only in Aramaic and Latin, the movie seemed to carry the curse of bad publicity from the start. Jim Caviezel admitted the film was his own cross to carry as he suffered hypothermia, a separated shoulder and was accidentally whipped twice, leaving a scar. But these things happen in extreme movie shoots. When production assistant Jan Michelini, bearing an umbrella in the midst of a storm, was first struck by lightning, it seemed bad luck. However, he earned the title "Lightning Boy" and the reputation for a film-set curse when he was struck a second time, sharing the strike with Caviezel, whom he was trying to protect with an umbrella atop a hill.
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