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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

The Cross He Bore

LONDON () -- The actor playing the lead in the West End musical "Jesus Christ Superstar" has been given a lighter cross after the old one nearly ruined his career, he revealed Thursday.

Steve Balsamo's old 75-kilogram burden, which he bore for four months, threatened to ruin his voice and damage his spine and feet, he said. He has taken now delivery of a 12-kilogram cross.

"It is literally a big weight off my shoulders," he said. "A specialist told me I could be crippled within 12 weeks."

The old cross will still be used -- to crucify the actor eight times a week.