Some of you may be surprised to learn that Houston, Texas, is a burgeoning market for Hollywood-style big budget productions.

Movies, that is.

With all the summer offerings of fantastic heroes like Iron Man, Indiana Jones, Speed Racer, and, in the past, Superman, the Hulk, Spiderman … Napoleon Dynamite and the like … it was only a matter of time before someone came up with the idea of an Orthodox Superhero.

And, wouldn’t you know, they’d choose to film it in Houston!

We’ve got a gal in our parish who works with such projects and she asked if I’d like to be a consultant; to view some of the scenes already in production, help out with proposed scenes, etc.

“Sure,” I said.

I mean, who wouldn’t!

All night, the night before, I kept imagining what I might expect to find on the set of ORTHO-MAN.

I thought back to my own childhood, back before God created color … back in the days of Black & White.

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane!

Maybe, in the spirit of Orthodox unity and all, I could expect …

Look! There in the altar! It’s a Greek! It’s an Arab! It’s a Slav!
(He ain’t heavy – he’s a Convert — he’s my brother …)

Ungh. Sorry …

That was kind of silly, but not nearly as silly as what I found the next day when I was ushered onto the set of …

The Orthodixie Podcast on Ancient Faith Radio.

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