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‘The Bible’ TV producers dismiss devil character’s resemblance to Obama

By Reuters Staff
March 19, 2013

(Attendees photograph U.S. President Barack Obama with their mobile phones at a Women’s History Month reception at the White House in Washington, March 18, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

The popular U.S. TV miniseries “The Bible” has plunged into controversy over what some viewers see as a physical resemblance between an actor playing Satan and President Barack Obama, but producers on Monday dismissed any likeness as coincidental.

The controversy began after the History Channel aired the latest episode of the popular series on Sunday evening, with Moroccan actor Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni playing the part of the devil.

Conservative commentator Glenn Beck said on Twitter, “Anyone else think the Devil in #TheBible Sunday on History Channel looks exactly like That Guy?”

Other people on Twitter also said they saw a similarity and posted messages such as “Satan looks like Obama — say what?!” and “whoever played Satan looks like Obama … creepy.”

The History Channel said producers of the show, which takes viewers through the stories of the Bible’s Old and New Testaments, had no intent to cast an actor who looks like Obama as Satan, and that any resemblance was coincidental.

“This is utter nonsense,” Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, executive producers of “The Bible,” said in a statement.

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