Producers cut satan scenes from Son of God following Obama controversyCulture Desk
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, reports Hollywood Reporters.
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.
‘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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