‘Son of God’ Cuts Satan Scenes Featuring Obama Lookalike

'Son of God' Cuts Satan Scenes Featuring Obama Lookalike

“It gives me great pleasure to tell you that the devil is on the cutting room floor,” said producer Roma Downey

“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 TheWrap.

“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.

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“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.

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The end of February has proven to be a lucrative time of year for faith-based movies, as “The Passion of the Christ” earned $125 million in its first five days after opening on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2004.

  • phelpsmarc41

    people read way too much into things. Obama is half white and half black so he's gonna resemble a lot of people from north Africa and the middle east.

    • sarge

      Guess so as that is where he was born !! Barry is Satan in the flesh !!!

  • Kim

    Amen, the more someone turns it into a big deal the more it will be. I am sure that is was not done on purpose.

  • sarge

    Barry Obama Satan ?? Sounds about right !!

  • Whoopie Pie

    Ok. So he kind of in a way looked like Obama. Sort of. Actually he is a dead ringer for the old guy who runs the 7-11 down the street from my house. Tell you what lets just put a different spin on this. What if the actor looked like George W? Oh my God. There would be people tuning in just to laugh. Viewership would be through the roof. Rappers around the world would be putting the guy in their videos. You would be able to buy t-shirts, bobbles heads, and all other means of stupid stuff. Every comedian around the world would be ending their jokes with the punch line, “I knew it!” The makers of the show would be getting movie deals. Deals for sequels. Spin offs. There wouldn't be any negative press at all. Well, except for how funny and original it was.
    Personally, if they wanted to get it right. They should have made his face, gender, and ethnicity change each time he was on camera. Even while he was talking That would have been more accurate in my opinion.

    • moishe pippick

      “Rappers around the world” is a really interesting phrase, because EVERY country has a rap scene and in some countries like Poland and Russia, those rappers can be quite nationalistic and probably anti-Obama (and anti-American for that matter).

      Hip hop may be an African-American invention (like a LOT of things we see in daily life) but it's taken on a larger life of its own.

  • nibor

    Can't we keep Satan and cut Obama?

    • mudywater

      Be careful what youuuu ask for. I don't want Satan on this living earth. You better keep the man. You only got a couple of years left with Obama but Satan will be with you forever….

  • Jerry Mathews

    “Media went nuts” who cares what the media thinks, one can say their in league with the devil

    • moishe pippick

      One could say you were the one who tampered with Tylenol bottles in the early 80s. One could say that I was born on the planet Krypton. Heck, is there anything that one CAN'T say?

      If you're speaking metaphorically, and the devil is money, then you are spot on. And casting an actor that looks like the President to (unwisely) appeal to religious people who supposedly despise the President is as cynical a ploy for money as anyone in Hollywood has tried.

  • Chuck

    Well, another unemployed actor because of our president. Great signs of recovery in America when people get fired for looking like someone else.

    • moishe pippick

      You know there's plenty of much much less stupid ways to point out that the economy hasn't recovered.

  • sharpss

    What a crock of crap. Is this more of the Mel Gibson “passion of the Christ” crap? Leave it to the right-wing tea-bagger Obama haters to cast an Obama look-alike as the devil.
    Dear God, please protect me from your followers. Amen
    definition of faith: The belief in something that you know is B.S.

    • Cp

      I feel bad for you. You must feel pretty shitty commenting negative on something we love…
      Piss off then :)

  • Michael Difani

    Yes, I recall how often GW Bush was pilloried by the leftist Bush haters, but Pres. Obama is even more despised by many in the Great Obstructionist Party…hell, I'd vote for him for a third term if it was legal. FDR with four ended that. Many GOPs must dread being left out of the Oval Office for 20 yrs. as they were from '33 to '53 when Ike and Tricky Dick Nixon took the office back.

  • The Man

    I guess the real question is does Satan look like Obama? Or does Obama look like Satan? Or is Obama Satan? Get a life both of you political tories!!!

  • The Man

    I think that Obama is just a stool for the establishment. Don't be fooled he will betray anyone for power. See his history on immigration on just about every major topic. And let's not forget he is a serial liar, average family will save $2500 on health insurance now we will save even more if the gas mileage standards are raised. I'll put that right with my @2500 from health care and I'll be set for life! Yes I don't really believe it either… LIAR!

  • The Man

    Maybe if Satan was Obama's son he would look like this!

  • Umar Marsh 2

    Can somebody please cough up the original Gospel rather than this historical account of Christ by people, Mathew, Mark, Peter, John, Luke, Jodi, which Bible scholars admit existed a couple hundred years after Jesus and who wrote conflicting accounts of his life and quotes. That's why it's stated ‘the Bible ACCORDING to Joe sploe'. Paul's Epistles preceded these concocted Scriptures because he's the one who gathered up all of the original revealed copies of Jesus’ books and destroyed them along with anyone believing in the concept of ONE God and not Paul's doctrine of God (God in carnate) or in other words (God Junior). Not so palatable now, is it? Even in the doctored up lecherous King pervert James Bible, or even the Catholic addition for that matter, PLEASE someone show me where it is CLEARLY stated by “Jesus” that, “I am your god, so you should worship ne if you want to attain Heaven”. Pkease don't bring up that false vetse of “There are three that bear witness in Heaven, the fsther, the son, bla-bla-bla, becausr Bible scholars have admitted that it an erroneous addition like much of the other stuff in the Bible. They've removed and replaced that verse several times just like that word was god phrase. How did it go from “Hear O Children of Israel your Lord thy God is ONE” to “Your Lord thy God is two, or three”. Today's Christianity is marriage between ancient Roman European pagan belief in demigods–Zus, Oden, Thor, etc. and a few remaining practices of Jesus’ reformed Judaism. Todays Christianity is undeniably a firm of paganism as the primary religion of the most ungodly, wanton, worldly, murderous, and destructive culture to plague mankind–Western civilization which is even now pushing same-sex-marriage down the throats of the rest if humanity although it is CLEARELY an abomination for which a whole nation was destroyed, according to the Holy Books. Free sex, nudity, birth out of wedlock is normal to Christians in general–especially the European denominations. Jesus, peace be upon him is innocent of the this doctored religion and will testify against these misguided people. If you want to know the truth about what Christ taught, then read the Quran, the last unadulterated revelation of God which confirms the truth of what came in the the original Bible and Torah and dispels the additions, deletions, and distortions to those books by the hands of the enemies of Allah. Seek Islam
    One God–One universal truth.

    • SweetSeat

      Are you claiming dishonesty between stories? You make many claims but show little evidence of contradictions. There are the written accounts of at least Matthew (M), Mark (Mk), Luke (L), and John (J). If it is rare the following is statistically likely, then there would be sufficient evidence of dishonesty (either Jesus or Disciples).

      Four separate gospels recorded these events:
      Jesus feeds 5,000+ (fulfilling prophesy Deuteronomy 18:15, 18, 19; John 7:40)
      Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a donkey (fulfilling prophesy Zech 9:9; Matthew 21:1-9;Luke 1:26-38)
      Jesus rises from the dead (fulfilling prophesy Psalm 16:10; Matthew 28:1-10; John 19:23, 24)

      Three separate gospels recorded these events:

      Jesus calming the storm (M 8:23-27, Mk 4:35-41, L 8:22-25)

      “Legion” exorcised from man into pigs instead by Jesus (M 8:28-34, Mk 5:1-20, L 8:26-39)

      Jairu's daughter raised from dead by Jesus (M 9:18, 23-26, Mk 5:22-24 & 35-43, L 8:41-42 & 49-56)

      A sick woman healed by Jesus (M 9:20-22, Mk 5:25-34, L 8:43-48)

      Jesus heals a paralytic (M 9:1-8, Mk 2:1-12, L 5:17-26)

      A leper is healed at Gennesaret (M 8:1-4, Mk 1:40-45, L 5:12-15)

      Peter's mother-in-law healed (M 8:14-17, Mk 1:29-31, L 4:38-39)

      A deformed hand is healed (M 12:9-13, Mk 3:1-5, L 6:6-10)

      A boy with an evil spirit is healed (M 17:14-21, Mk 9:14-29, L 9:37-42)

      Jesus walks on the water (M 14:22-23, Mk 6:45-52, J 6:16-21)

      Blind Bartimaeus receives sight (M 20:29-34, Mk 10:46-52, L 18:35-43)

      So for separate eyewitnesses, sounds remarkably coincident and evident that they saw and heard Jesus of the flesh.

      Jesus divinity? What about…

      John 6:51:”I AM the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever;”

      John 8:23: And He said to them, “You are from beneath; I AM from above. You are of this world; I AM not of this world.

      John 8:12: Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I AM the light of
      the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the
      light of life.”

      John 10:9: “I AM the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.”

      John 10:36: “Do you say of Him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I AM the Son of God'?

      John 11:25: Jesus said to her, “I AM the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.”

      John 14:6: Jesus said to him, “I AM the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

      John 15:1: “I AM the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.”

      John 8:24: “. . . For if you do not believe that I AM, you will die in your sins.”

    • Cp

      Islam is a hateful nation. Jesus is the perfect example of love. And demonstrates that. History supports his such existence.
      For Jesus is truth, pure, and light.
      All else is evil and man traditions.

      Islam will fall… As will Babylon with the world for the last time
      I'm Sorry my friend

      Christ Lives!

    • Jane Doe

      Sorry Umar – from what I've seen of Islam, I'll pass. You people won't even condemn the whackjob terrorists when they kill Christians. And you refuse to acknowledge that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
      Thanks, but, no, thanks, dude. Islam is just a bad knock-off of Christianity.

  • Umar Marsh 2

    Gayety is the natural next step after Christianity just like slavey, loss of heratige and identity, loss of control of national resources, and gross materialism. Look how Africans and much if the rest of the ‘third world’ blindly imitates Western Christian culture in their shameless popular film series. To my self, as a westerner, African and Asian actors, have become vulgar in their headlong attempt to mimic Master Bob and Ms Jane. This religion for centuries has been used as a pacifier for African American people to forgive, forget ד, all of the abuse and humiliation they have endured over the past four centuries–don't resist, just sing it off in Church. Church is like the cage the zoo animal will always return to simply because everything else has been taken from it and it simply knows nowhere else to go. What do expect when you follow a religion whose God is set in the image of one's antagonist-come-master? Michael Angelo's paintings of their depiction of an Occidental “man god” amongst other nude Occidental men touching fingers, sitting in one anothers laps, grabbing each others sensitive areas, with babies masculine physiques riding their backs and and flying conveniently overhead. No wonder the mother branch if Christianity, Catholicism, is rife with homosexualty with surmounting cases of sexual abuse litigations stacked against its clergymen. The apple does not fall far from the tree, and as a Methodist as a child, I used to wonder why there were so many affeminate males amongst the congregation, and why they were looked upon so favorably. That's because Paul of Assisi who destroyed Christ's message and supplanted it with a hybrid form of religion combining Roman pagan belief with Pauls Christianity stripped of the laws and religious practices which Jesus (peace be upon him and upon his mother) came to fulfill.

  • mudywater

    I didnt know if anyone knew what Satan looked liked or should I say I didn't know he was a black man. Is he? If thats the case maybe Jesus is a black man. Maybe Jesus is Denzel Washington in the Book of Eli….Obama is man made. No God, No Satan. Calm down….

  • Scrape Gimp

    If your gonna act like the antichrist,why complain? I don't think it's right to cut the part..I think the part fits the character!

  • subhuman Mongrel

    You have to feel for the actor. I'm sure he worked hard at the part only to be cut because there is some similarity to the president of the US.

    I liked Hoodie Obama in the History Channels mini-series. He scared the heck out of my son. Then I explained to him it that scared you wait until you learn about national debt.

  • Phil Failla

    Vague resemblance at best. People need to get a life!

  • Kirill Pavlov

    black antichrist