02/20/2004 AT 10:15 AM EST
You went to great lengths while filming – you were even struck by lightning during the Sermon on the Mount.
I got lit up like a Christmas tree. About three seconds before it hit me, I knew that it was going to happen and I locked eyes with people, (and) it's just a sickening feeling. I looked up and I said, "You don't like that take, huh?" ... (People) were saying that they saw fire on both sides of my head, and they saw a light come around me. My hair was all standing up.
Do you think it was a sign from above?
How is it that you ended up working with Mel – as Jesus?
When (he) initially came to me for this role, one thing led to the next. Here we are talking about the gospels, and then I said, "You want me to play Jesus, don't you?" I was thinking in my head, My God, all I want to do is a comedy. ...
I never thought about playing Jesus. I never thought that that would ever happen, and in fact, I'd been offered to play it twice: once on TV and once in a play, and I said no.
Are you satisfied with how it all came together?
Of course, yeah. It's everything that I want it to be.