The Internet is in an uproar over the resemblance of the Devil in the History Channel’s Bible miniseries to Barak Obama.
The producers of the miniseries, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey have issued the following statement:
“This is utter nonsense. The actor who played Satan, Mehdi Ouzaani, is a highly acclaimed Moroccan actor. He has previously played parts in several Biblical epics– including Satanic characters long before Barack Obama was elected as our President.”
Executive Producer, Roma Downey added, ”Both Mark and I have nothing but respect and love our President, who is a fellow Christian. False statements such as these are just designed as a foolish distraction to try and discredit the beauty of the story of The Bible.”
The History Channel also made this statement: “HISTORY channel has the highest respect for President Obama. The series was produced with an international and diverse cast of respected actors. It’s unfortunate that anyone made this false connection. HISTORY’s ‘The Bible’ is meant to enlighten people on its rich stories and deep history.”
The Bible has been a passion project for the TV supercouple. Mark Burnett has produced spectacularly successful reality shows like Survivor, Shark Tank, and The Apprentice. Roma Downey is best known as the lead angel on the TV show Touched By an Angel, which aired from 1994 to 2003. They married in 2007.
Back in November, Downey told me this project was “the best work my husband and I have ever done.”
For more on The Bible:
Peter Chattaway reviews the first episode of The Bible.
Peter Chattaway reviews the second episode of The Bible.
Craig Detweiler on how Hollywood underestimates religious audiences.