‘The Bible’ producers deny their Satan resembles Obama

The producers of History channel’s “The Bible” fended off claims Monday (March 18) that the actor who plays Satan in … Continued

The producers of History channel’s “The Bible” fended off claims Monday (March 18) that the actor who plays Satan in the miniseries resembles President Barack Obama.

Executive producers Mark Burnett, who created “Survivor,” and his wife, the actress Roma Downey, described the comparisons as “utter nonsense.”

“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,” according to a statement from Downey, who starred in the television show “Touched by an Angel.”

Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni, the Moroccan actor who portrays Satan, has played satanic roles prior to his work on “The Bible,” the statement said.

The social media sphere blew up with the comparison Sunday night, which was touted by conservative commentator Glenn Beck, among others.

“Anyone else think the Devil in ‥TheBible Sunday on History Channel looks exactly like That Guy?” Beck tweeted along with a picture of Ouazanni in costume.

Beck followed up Monday telling the media to relax. He said the similarity was “funny, nothing more.”

The History channel also sought to dampen the controversy.

“History channel has the highest respect for President Obama,” in the statement released Monday.

“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,” it continued.

“The Bible” has raked in huge TV ratings since its beginning. According to Nielsen, 10.9 million people tuned in to watch Sunday, making it the most watched show on TV that night.

The five-part miniseries, which has two installations left, airs Sunday nights at 8 p.m. EST on the History channel.

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  • neilshog

    Obama is a fellow Christian? Yeah, right. What brand of Christianity is he refering to?

  • csintala79

    Revealing that the actor playing Satan has played such roles before is not very helpful in dismissing the notion that he was chosen as he resembled Obama. He really does, and one would have to be very unperceptive to not see the resemblance, which is unlikely as movie makers are very perceptive of appearances.

  • JediWindu

    all christians drink christian kool aid. the drink makes them think that the great OZ in the sky loves them like a father. God help christian losers.

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