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Offline happyg

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by Paul Bond

Eager to avoid a controversy about the devil looking like the president, Roma Downey and Mark Burnett decided to leave the character out of their film, which is based on "The Bible" miniseries.


Scenes with an actor who played the devil but looked a lot like President Barack Obama have been edited out of the upcoming movie Son of God, one of the producers told The Hollywood Reporter.

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"It gives me great pleasure to tell you that the devil is on the cutting-room floor. This is now a movie about Jesus, the son of God, and the devil gets no more screen time," said Roma Downey, who produced the movie with her husband, Mark Burnett.

The film, which 20th Century Fox opens on Feb. 28, is primarily a reshaped version of the The Bible, last year's hit TV miniseries that featured actor Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni as Satan.

For Son of God, the 10-hour miniseries needed to be cut down to the two hours or so that focuses on Jesus; Downey says they went out of their way to leave the controversial Satan out of the film.

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A year ago, bloggers immediately noted the similarities between the Satan of The Bible miniseries and Obama and side-by-side comparisons went viral. Burnett, Downey and History, which aired the show, each issued statements supporting the president and slamming those that made the "false connection," as History put it, between Obama and Satan.

This time around, though, Downey says she's eager to avoid a similar situation, even though Jesus and Satan both made their appearance in The Bible miniseries during the same episode, so it would have made sense that Son of God also include Satan.

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

She added: "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."
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http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/bible-producers-cut-satan-scenes-680781

Offline NavyCanDo

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Are they adding any more footage to the Son of God movie that was not in the Bible 10 part series?     I enjoyed the bible series and bought the blue ray set - but it seems a bit cheesy on the procucers part to seperate the Jesus portion and rerelease it as its own movie. And those who own the Bible series, why would they go see womthing they all ready have? 
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Are they adding any more footage to the Son of God movie that was not in the Bible 10 part series?     I enjoyed the bible series and bought the blue ray set - but it seems a bit cheesy on the procucers part to seperate the Jesus portion and rerelease it as its own movie. And those who own the Bible series, why would they go see womthing they all ready have?

I don't know, Navy. I did see the previews when I saw Lone Survivor and it looks like a well-made movie.  Perhaps they are trying to reach audiences that didn't see the TV version?
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I think Obama makes an ideal devil.

If they don't want to use the Obama look alike why not use the devil with a pitch fork?
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When does the Republican Party, put in the majority by the Tea Party, plan to honor its commitment to halt the growth of the Federal monolith and bring the budget back into balance"?


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