Wednesday, March 03, 2004

You know, it's hard to stand up for a film when you read this kind of stuff on MSNBC:

John Debney, who composed the music for “The Passion of the Christ,” says he did battle with Satan while scoring the flick.

Debney had written music for a number of movies such as “Liar, Liar,” “Spy Kids,” and “I Know What You Did Last Summer” — but he says he was visited by the devil while writing the score for the film about the last hours of Jesus Christ.

“I had never before subscribed to the idea that maybe Satan is a real person, but I can attest that he was in my room a lot and I know that he hit everyone on this production,” Debney said, according to a lengthy interview that ran on Assist News Service, a Christian news agency.

Debney claims that Satan’s image kept appearing on his computer screen while he was trying to compose music. “The first time it happened, it scared me,” he said. “Once I got over the initial shock of that, I learned to work around it and learned to reboot the computers and so I would start talking to him. . . . The computers froze for about the tenth time [one] day and it was about nine o’clock at night and so I got really mad and I told Satan to manifest himself and I said, ‘Let’s go out into the parking lot and let’s go.’ It was a seed change in me. I knew that this was war. I am not a physical person, but I was really angry on this occasion.”

Debney’s spokesman confirms to The Scoop that the composer did, indeed, say those things.

Listen, man, don't freak out. Periodic appearances of Satan are not a bug, they're a feature. Microsoft is just increasing the functionality of the system by bundling it with the forces of the Dark Lord. For instance, Microsoft Office now includes Word 2004, Excel 2004, and Eternal Torture At The Spiteful Hands Of A Fallen Angel (formerly known as Powerpoint).

If you're having problems with freezes, perhaps you should uninstall any third-party software.

Remaining issues:

(1) I would be interested to know if Dave has ever suffered from this kind of problem while doing a film score. And if so, how did you resolve them?

(2) What on earth made Mel choose the composer from "I Know What You Did Last Summer" to do the score for "The Passion?" Let the "Jesus Chainsaw Massacre" jokes flow with renewed vigor!

 3:49 PM

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