Another picture from the first episode.
Here is the actor who played Satan. His name is Mehdi Ouazzani.
UPDATE (March 18): The History Channel says in a statement Monday:
"HISTORY channel has the highest respect for President Obama. The series was produced with an international and diverse cast of respected actors. It's unfortunate that anyone made this false connection. HISTORY's 'The Bible' is meant to enlighten people on its rich stories and deep history."
“The Bible” Executive Producers, Mark Burnett & Roma Downey said Monday:
"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."
“The Bible” Executive Producer Roma Downey adds:
Both Mark and I have nothing but respect and love 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."
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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