Monday, February 24, 2014

Must not compare Obama to the Devil

    "Son of God" producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey have cast Satan out of their upcoming Biblical epic about Jesus Christ an individual familiar with the 20th Century Fox project has told The Wrap. 

    "Son of God" is a reshaped version of last year's hit History Channel miniseries "The Bible," which co-starred Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni as Satan. Burnett and Downey came under fire last year because Ouazanni bears a striking resemblance to President Barack Obama, though the producers said at the time that the casting controversy was unintentional and merely coincidental.

    "Someone made a comment that the actor who played the devil vaguely resembled our president, and suddenly the media went nuts," Downey said in a statement Monday. "The next day, when I was sure everyone would only be talking about Jesus, they were talking about Satan instead.

For our movie, 'Son of God,' I wanted all of the focus to be on Jesus. I want his name to be on the lips of everyone who sees this movie, so we cast Satan out. It gives me great pleasure to tell you that the devil is on the cutting room floor."

    20th Century Fox will release "Son of God" on Feb. 28. The 10-hour miniseries has been pared down to two hours, which meant sacrificing Satan's scenes to focus on Jesus.

Coincidence or not, Burnett and Downey caved. They erred on the side of caution - and fear. After all, this is the kind of meat that race card players like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson dine on. And who would want to be their main entrée? It was more than Satan that was left on the cutting room floor. It was the freedom to express one's opinion about Barack Obama.



Anonymous said...

Too silly! Usually the evil/bad guy has an upper-class British accent in US productions, but there's no great fuss made by the Brits.

Anonymous said...

Maybe we should leave the actor in the movie, and throw Obama out of the White house!

Anonymous said...

Satan was embarrassed to be compared to Obama.

Anonymous said...

They erred on the side of caution - and fear.

Yeah. How dare Burnett and Downey try to make sure the message of the movie be the focus instead of a distraction created by others.

Anonymous said...

Goes hand in hand with the dem's FCC members attempted "voluntary questions".

Anonymous said...

They took the devil out of the movie because the devil does not exist.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure Satan is glad you think so.

Anonymous said...

So, are the usual suspects going to be upset that the main black character has now been cut out of the movie?