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Passion composer calls Devil: but will he come?

John Debney, who wrote the soundtrack for The Passion, is claiming that Satan tried to interfere with his composing:

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.

Debney decided to have it out there and then:

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.’… I was walking down the stairs and I was verbalizing and saying to Satan, ‘Manifest yourself right now.’

However, just as we’re expecting an Exorcist-style encounter, the tale anti-climaxes:

He didn’t manifest himself, but I wished he would have. It changed for me after that.

But what would he have done had the horned one appeared in person? Well, perhaps he would have followed Mel Gibson’s plans to get Medieval on the New York Times‘s film critic:

I want to kill him. I want his intestines on a stick. I want to kill his dog.

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