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Mark Burnett

The Real Devil

Is Messing with 'The Bible'

3/18/2013 1:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


There's a swirl that the devil character in "The Bible" TV show is a thinly veiled President Obama ... and Mark Burnett tells TMZ, it's all the devil's doing ...THE REAL DEVIL.

Burnett -- a deeply religious man -- tells TMZ ... he believes there is a devil on earth.  Burnett says the devil has stirred the pot and created a false likeness between Obama and the TV devil.

Why, you ask, would the real devil care about a TV show?  Fact is ... the show is HUGELY popular and is having a big impact on viewers.  Burnett notes the show last night featured a face-to-face meeting between Jesus and the devil ... BUT it's not the first time the TV devil has appeared on the show.  The TV devil appeared in the Garden of Eden scene awhile back and no one said anything.

Burnett believes the real devil is scared that Jesus has now entered the picture and is trying to distract from Jesus' message by creating a false story.

Burnett says, "What could be more annoying to Satan than talking about Jesus?" 

Burnett is confident the real devil's plan of distraction will not work, saying, "We believe in the light."


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Tide Fan    

Man, get the f--k outta here with that bulls--t! You are the producer/director dude so that means you saw the actor when he was cast and while you were filming so you knew what he looked like. So you didn't see him until the show aired? I'm not tripping since anyone with common sense would already know that Obama does not have a "patent" on his facial features or facial structure. What would make this "fishy" is if the actor was intentionally cast due to the resemblance to Obama. Now to put this in the words of millions of people just like me "Who gives a damn and how does this affect anything in MY daily life?" . And yes I am an Obama supporter and also remember when Bush's head was on the spike on the wall on Game of Thrones as well as Nixon, Clinton and other Presidents images used in various movies as different characters/masks including South Park. While "fishy", it's of no significance.

549 days ago


I really don't see the resemblance, but then again, it could look like any run of the mill black guy on the street.

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549 days ago

BB not bb    

I like all of Mark Burnett's shows to some extent. I have actually watched and enjoyed episodes of all three of these shows. Now I find out that he is a deeply religious Christian. Cool.

There is more substance to these shows than to most shows. Maybe now I know part of the secret. If he follows God, maybe God helped him cast this show? Why give the devil all of the credit.

I like the old miniseries Jesus of Nazareth. I don't know if this series can top that. If the message is getting out there, that is great.

549 days ago


This man sounds like he's suffering from mental illness or maybe he's just a nut.

549 days ago

Fifty Shades of WTF    

Looks more like a made-up Billy Zane to me...... People need to get a life.

549 days ago

say wha    

Forget the Obama reference, apparently in Mark Burnett's mind satan is a black/middle eastern man whereas Jesus, Mary and Joseph are all northern european white people.

549 days ago


Mark Burnett smells more of profit than Prophet!

549 days ago

The Atlanta Church Of Satan     

The universe is going to collapse shrivel to a cinder and spin off into the abyss. The Devil is after Obama

549 days ago


There is no Devil. There is no Jesus. Only evil men who want nothing more than to control the masses with fairy tales and promises of rewards if you are good.
I don't need false promises to treat my fellow human like I want to be treated and when it is all said and done my energy will return to the universe from whence it came.

549 days ago


"Idea the producers would cast an Obama lookalike as Satan shows naive willingness to believe anything as long as it's negative about the bible" -Dr. Mark Goodacre- Duke University

"The Obama / Satan in The Bible comparison rightly described as "utter nonsense".

549 days ago


If someone carried on like this and it wasn't cloaked in the Teflon of religion, he'd be considered psychotic. It's shameful that people get away with this nonsense.

549 days ago

arale norimaki    

Most of the stories in the Bible were taken from older Egyptian, Babylonian, and Greek mythologies.

The Egyptians of every period in which they are known to us believed that Osiris was of divine origin, that he suffered death and mutilation at the hands of the powers of evil, that after a great struggle with these powers he rose again, that he became henceforth the king of the underworld and judge of the dead, and that because he had conquered death the righteous also might conquer death...In Osiris the Christian Egyptians found the prototype of Christ, and in the pictures and statues of Isis suckling her son Horus

549 days ago


Mark Burnett and Roma Downey are good friends with Sarah Palin and were the force behind Bristol's failed reality show "Life Is A Tripp". And also Stars and Stripes with Todd Palin. They have to be evil nut cases to be friends with the Palins.

549 days ago

buzz kill    

Where is the similarity? Oh, it must be because he is black, well so was Sampson and I didn't hear people complaining. Talk about hypersensitivity, damn give it a rest. "You will know them by their fruits"

549 days ago
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