Mar 1, 2004 / 22:00 pm America/Denver (CNA).Writing the musical score for “The Passion of the Christ” was the most difficult assignment of his life, said Hollywood composer John Debney. The experience strengthened his faith but it also led him to realize that Satan exists.
"It is a complete miracle that I became involved with the project and every day the thing that got me through was my faith prayer which was, ‘Lord, if you want me to make it to the finish line, then help me make it to the finish line’,” he told Assist Ministries Feb. 28.
Icon producer Stephen McEveety, a childhood friend, brought Debney into the movie. The composer was hired on the spot after Gibson had listened to some special music Debney had written for the film.
Debney composed the music with the use of his computer at his workstation at home. He said the computers, synthesizers and 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 composer said he was scared the first time it happened but, once he got over the initial shock, he learned to work around it.