This is the bizarre moment a brawl erupted during a Passion of the Christ performance when a spectator jumped on stage to attack an actor in a bizarre bid to ‘save Jesus’ from crucifixion.
He used a motorcycle helmet to hit an actor playing a Roman soldier around the head and kicked him seconds after the performer pretended to thrust the spear into the Messiah's side.
Video shows the moment the unnamed man leaped on stage in Nova Hartz, Brazil, on Friday to attack and chase the stunned actor.
More than 1,000 people were in the town square watching the show and at first no one could believe what was happening, according to city planning director William da Silva.
'(The man) leapt up from the middle of the audience and no one guessed what he was about to do,' he said.
'Witnesses reported the attacker was shouting "he was not going to let Jesus die" before he barged on stage.'
The outraged man allegedly suffers from mental health problems and drug abuse and is known to police.
The actor - playing a Roman soldier - pretends to pierce Jesus Christ's side with a spear in the retelling of the Passion
Many watching the Easter spectacle looked on in disbelief while questioning whether this was part of the drama.
Actors on stage ploughed into the aggressor as they tried to restrain him, but he continued to lash out as fists flew.
The shocked director, Adriano Ferreira, who manages a company of 80 actors, said: 'There are some things that are just inexplicable.
'We halted the play for a few moments, but as no one had been injured, we decided to continue with the staging.
The 'soldier' was attacked as an audience member jumped on stage stating he was determined not to let Jesus die
He said Samir Rodrigues, the