TV impresario Mark Burnett has brought you reality shows like Survivor, Shark Tank and The Voice but many viewers of those shows might not know that he is also behind the Bible. Well, not the actual Good Book, but The Bible miniseries that aired on The History Channel last year. He and his wife, actress Roma Downey of Touched By an Angel fame, have combined their faith with their established careers in entertainment to create somewhat of a religious franchise on TV. One hundred viewers later, it seems to be working. In their latest project, Son Of God opening February 27th, the story of Jesus is told on the big screen.
The couple told the Tom Joyner Morning Show how they felt about bringing the film to life.
TOM JOYNER: I’m told the you eliminated Satan in this movie because in The Bible people said he looked like our President.
MARK BURNETT: We were very upset that the press said that. My wife put Satan on the cutting room floor.
ROMA DOWNEY: This is a movie about Jesus. This is not a movie about Satan. I didn’t want to give Satan any more airtime. So with great pleasure, I cut the Devil out and put him on the cutting room floor. Get you behind me, Satan. SYBIL WILKES: The actor who played Jesus is really fine. He’s gorgeous. He’s a really lovely, good-looking charismatic, beautiful actor from Portugal. His name is Diogo Morgodo. When we were looking to cast thea actor, we were looking for someone who could portray Jesus strength and his compassion and kindness. We got an actor who could be a lion and a lamb and we got both in Diogo.
SYBIL WILKES: You play Mary in the film.