'The Bible' Shoot Was 'Epic,' Say Creators Mark Burnett and Roma Downey

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'The Bible' Shoot Was 'Epic,' Say Creators Mark Burnett and Roma Downey


Ahearn, Victoria, The Canadian Press


'The Bible' shoot was dangerous, says Burnett

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TORONTO - Filming in the Moroccan desert with hundreds of extras, dozens of horses and carriages, burning buildings and firebombs made for an "epic" experience on the set of the new miniseries "The Bible," say creators Mark Burnett and Roma Downey.

"It was a production of biblical proportions," Downey, former star of "Touched by an Angel," said during a recent stop in Toronto with Burnett.

"And a lot of danger," added Burnett, the famed reality show producer who's married to Downey and has three teenagers with her.

"You've got 50 chariots with Arabian horses, thundering at 30 miles an hour across the desert -- anything could happen. We were so glad when those sequences finished."

Premiering Sunday on History, "The Bible" is a 10-hour/five-part docudrama that covers Genesis through Revelation.

Downey, who co-produced with Burnett, plays Mother Mary alongside Portuguese TV star Diogo Morgado as Jesus.

"It was such a privilege for me," said Downey, who hails from Northern Ireland.

"I have loved Mary my whole life, and the story of the Passion of Jesus."

The international cast also includes Sean Teale, David Rintoul, Amber Rose Revah, and Simon Kunz.

Emmy Award-winning actor/vocalist Keith David narrates to a musical score from Grammy- and Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer.

"It's a story that so many books -- from Shakespeare (to) 'Uncle Tom's Cabin', 'Narnia', 'Lord of the Rings,' on a bizarre level, 'Matrix' -- are biblically based (on), because these stories are so good," said the London-born Burnett.

"So we chose a selection of these stories. We can't tell the entire Bible in 10 hours. But the stories are so full of characters that you can just see yourself in."

"Ultimately, these stories are our stories," added Downey. …

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