Dark Days for Stars of 'Dark Knight'

In the case of the 1956 epic film "The Conqueror," in which John Wayne plays Genghis Khan, the director and three of the stars, including Wayne, all died of cancer. What at first seemed like a curse was later attributed to the St. George, Utah, location where exterior scenes were shot. The location was 137 miles downwind of the government's above-ground nuclear testing site in Nevada.

Beck, who deals in the realm of good and evil, cannot completely dismiss the idea of a curse. When filmmakers and the actors they cast focus on the supernatural or the paranormal in films, they could be playing with fire.

"It's trying to take something that is very powerful and influential in the spiritual world and use it for entertainment," he said. "If you're playing around with that kind of stuff, it has powerful effects. Whether or not that's related to paranormal event happening on the set, I don't know. Is that predisposing these people to thinking those things are related? Perhaps."

The Bible does mention curses. In the Gospel, Jesus says, "Cursed be the one who ... "

But it's not Jesus who is putting a curse on someone, Beck explained, just as he doesn't believe an external force can cause someone to be cursed. The curse, he said, is not choosing the path of goodness. "It's almost as if you're cursing yourself."

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