Satan Portrayed By Obama Look-Alike, Actor Mehdi Ouazanni, In 'The Bible' Miniseries On History Channel, Network Tweets It's A "False Connection"
By Staff Writer | March 18, 2013 05:34 PM EDT
Actor Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni, and possible Obama look-alike, portrayed Satan in Sunday night's episode of The Bible on the History Channel.
Viewers and Twitter users immediately noticed the resemblance between the actor who played Satan and President Barack Obama.
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Sunday night's two hour episode portrayed the Tempatation of Christ in the desert. The Bible says that after forty days of fasting (now known as Lent) Satan came to Jesus in an attempt to trick the Son of God into worshipping him by promising to make Jesus King of the world.
Satan is not featured throughout the entire episode and only appears toward the end of Sunday night's installment. But it seems his appearance was long enough to get tounges wagging about the resemblence between the actor and the president.
Glenn Beck, who has a habit of referring to the President as "that guy," posted on his twitter page, "Anyone else think the Devil in The Bible Sunday on History Channel looks exactly like That Guy?"
Followers of Beck had mixed reactions and replied with comments like,
"No, Glenn. No one thinks that at all," posted by Je m'amusebarf. Mom Mary posted, "Ok, that is effin creepy and now I can't watch it."
The History Channel and the creators of The Bible series are disturbed by the fact some people think they deliberately choose an actor who resembles President Obama to portray Satan
The History Channel tweeted, " History and The Bible Series have the highest respect for President Obama. It's unfortunate that anyone made this false connection." The History Channel added to that statement on Facebook saying, "History's The Bible is meant to enlighten people on its rich stories and deep history."
The executive producers of The Bible Series, Roma Downey and Mark Burnett released a statement via Facebook about the actor who played Satan.
"This is utter nonsense. The actor, who played Satan, Mehdi Ouzaani, is a highly acclaimed Moroccan actor. He has previously played parts in several Biblical epics- including Satanic characters long before Barack Obama was elected as our President."
Downey added "Both Mark and I have nothing but respect and love for our President, who is a fellow Christian. False statements such as these are just designed as a foolish distraction to try and discredit the beauty of the story of The Bible."
Obama haters are taking this as some sort of sign; a justification that their belief Obama is running the country is sound. Those with a clear head realize it is just a coincidence that the actor playing Satan and President Obama look alike.
It isn't the actor portraying Satan that should be worrying about negative consequences for taking on the part, but the actor portraying Jesus. Some believe that the role of the Son of God is cursed. Some say if you take on the role, it will end your career. Others believe you should be more worried about it ending your life.
Jeffrey Hunter is the actor most commenly associated with the curse of playing Jesus. He suffered a cerebral hemmorage while on a plane traveling to the United States.
In the 2004 Mel Gibson film The Passion of the Christ, the actor who played Jesus, Jim Caviezel, suffered a series of accidents that include being whipped, suffering hypothermia and even being struck by lightning.
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