The History Channel drew over 13 million viewers on the first 2 hours of "The Bible" series. The epic production of husband-and-wife team Roma Downey and Mark Burnett is being lauded for cinematography and special CGI effects. But some critics are pointing out revisionism as a potential problem. Meanwhile, Jesus Christ (Diogo Morgado) won't be front and center until the third week.
Downey (Touched by an Angel lead actress) and Burnett (Survivor, The Voice producer) spent $22 million in producing "The Bible" epic miniseries. The couple expressed satisfaction over History Channel viewers' reaction to the first installment of the 5-part, 10-hr presentation.
Incidentally, Downey also plays Mother Mary in the story. Her character's son, Jesus Christ, is played by Portuguese TV star, Diogo Morgado.
"We knew that we wanted somebody very special to play the role of Jesus. We wanted somebody that could be strong, yet gentle. And we found that in Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado" Downey told the U.S. entertainment TV show Extra. "He just comes off the screen. He's radiant. He's a big guy, he's a tough guy, but he's a loving guy."
Speaking to KABC Television, Morgado said his favorite bible story as a kid was David and Goliath. This part in the bible miniseries is airing this week, on History Channel's 2nd installment of the Easter offering. Follow this link for the Facebook page of Diogo Morgado to check out more of his photos
"This #1 series is a tribute to all those who have helped us to spread the Word. Ultimately THE BIBLE will be seen and felt by billions around the globe," the producer-couple wrote in a press release. "Today, more people are discussing God's chosen people-Moses and Abraham-in one day than ever before," they added.
KABC sough for Morgado's reaction on something Burnett said. The producer dished that Morgado couldn't remember filming some of the scenes of the finished presentation.
"I guess when you're in the moment, you're not rationalizing and sometimes you don't pay attention to details so that's why a lot of this shooting was, I just have feelings of what it was, not the full picture. So that's, I think it could tell you something of how it was for me," Morgado said.
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