Ben-Hur, Jesus, and water bottles


Simon Vaughan, one of the producers of the upcoming Ben-Hur mini-series, has created a blog devoted to the production; most of the entries there so far consist of pictures from the Morocco set. (Hat tip to Matt Page.)

Today Vaughan posted this picture of a crew member lighting the actors who play Judah Ben-Hur and Jesus. I don’t recognize the actor playing Jesus, but I wonder if this version of the story will show his face, or if it will merely show the back of his head, like the films made in 1925 and 1959 did.

Note also that the actor who plays Jesus is holding a water bottle as the crew member does his thing. That’s kind of funny, since it looks like the scene they are working on is the one in which Jesus gives Judah a drink of water — but presumably he will do so out of a gourd or some similar vessel, and not a plastic bottle!

Although, come to think of it, this wouldn’t be the first film to show Jesus offering someone a water bottle …

MAY 14 UPDATE: Today Vaughan posted this picture of Esther listening to Jesus. And we see the back of his head. Hmmm.

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About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18293658542211510275 Gaffney

    As to the water bottle, can I just say, “product placement.”

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11340006144797496514 RC

    now if we could only see the label, that would totaly be great product placement — what would Jesus drink.

    Definitly some subliminal water drinking messages there :-)

  • Anonymous

    Well….it’s living water, definitely. Not sold in stores, but available for free :-)


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