Downey Says, 'We Cast Satan Out' of 'Son of God'

Downey Says, 'We Cast Satan Out' of 'Son of God'

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 18 (UPI) –
U.S. film and TV producer Roma Downey says she and her husband Mark Burnett have literally exorcised Satan from their upcoming movie “Son of God.”

The soon-to-be-released, 2-hour film is an abridged version of the 10-hour History Channel miniseries “The Bible.”

The small-screen program scored massive ratings when it aired last year, but it earned some criticism for its casting of Mohamen Mehdi Ouzanni — an actor who detractors said looks like U.S. President Barack Obama — in the role of Satan.

Ouazanni had previously appeared in the religious-themed programs “David,” “Jeremiah,” “In the Beginning” and “The Ten Commandments.”

Downey and Burnett said at the time of the initial controversy regarding Ouazanni’s casting as Satan that no connection to Obama was intended.

The movie opens nationwide Feb. 28.

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