Sunday, March 14, 2004
Creator of film's score 'battled with Satan'
WorldNetDaily: "John Debney is used to writing movie scores for comedies like "Liar, Liar" and "Bruce Almighty," but he admits that composing the score for Mel Gibson's powerful movie "The Passion of the Christ" was the most difficult assignment of his life.
...Debney said that the battle he felt with Satan as he wrote the music became 'really personal between us.'
He went on to say, 'I had all these computers and synthesizers in my studio and the hard drives would go down and the digital picture that lives on the computer with the music would just freeze on his [Satan's] face. Then the volume would go to ten and it would happen all the time.
'The first time it happened, it scared me,' Debney 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.
'There was one day when I had been on the movie for about four months when it really became bad that day and a lot of things that were causing doubt in me and I had had enough. The computers froze for about the tenth time that 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 sea change in me. I knew that this was war. I am not a physical person, but I was really angry on this occasion."
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