An audience member leapt onto a stage to 'save Jesus from being crucified on the cross' as a performance of the Biblical drama Passion of the Christ descended into chaos.
Video footage shows the bizarre moment the unnamed man rushed onto stage in Nova Hartz town centre in south Brazil this evening to launch his surprise defence of the Christian messiah by attacking and chasing the stunned actor.
Witnesses reported the man saying ‘he was not going to let Jesus die’ before he rushed to defend the shocked actor.
The actor playing the role of a Roman soldier was slammed around the head with a motorcycle helmet and kicked by the assailant seconds after pretending to thrust the spear into the side of the ‘Son of God’.
William da Silva, the city’s planning director, told G1 more than 1,000 people were in the town square watching the show and at first no one could believe what was happening.