Skip to comments.Mark Burnett says 'weird things happened' on 'The Bible' set
Posted on 03/16/2013 12:00:02 PM PDT by BenLurkin
Last Sunday, the first installment of Historys five-part miniseries The Bible beat everything on television with a massive 13.1 million viewers, making it cables most-watched entertainment telecast this year.
For producer Mark Burnett, who worked on the ten-hour special with wife Roma Downey, the success of The Bible isnt all that surprising. It will be, over the next 40 or 50 years, the most watched thing that Roma and I have ever made, he told EW, quite confidently, back in January.
At the time, Burnett gushed about shooting the series. I really believe what Im going to tell you right now, he said. The hand of God was on this . the edit came together perfectly, the actors came together perfectly, it just comes to life. But Burnett wasnt just speaking about how well the practicalities of production had gone. Weird things happened during filming, he said. Everybody would look at each other like, Whoa.
Theres a scene with Jesus and Nicodemus, when Nicodemus comes to Jesus in the night. Its a very still night, not a breath of wind, and were on the edge of the Sahara desert in a palm grove in an oasis
Jesus says, The Holy Spirit is like the wind. At that moment, a wind, like as if a 747 was taking off, blew his hair, almost blew the set over and sustained for 20 seconds across the desert, and the actors didnt break they kept going. And everything stopped. Everyone just looked at everyone like, What just happened?
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Weird stuff like Samson suddenly turning into a black Jamaican with dreadlocks?
>>Not to try and throw cold water on this series, but many articles and reviews have revealed that the series is in no way Biblical in its message. One commentator said something akin to “Did these folks even read the Bible before they wrote the script?”
I’ve been watching it. It gives us the children’s Sunday school version of the OT. But, it only has a nominal 10 hours and commercials steal about 3 of those hours to tell the entire bible. You won’t get a word-for-word telling in that much time.
The real story is that people are watching and maybe a few will be intrigued by the OT stories and stick around for the second half, which will be much better. Since the NT is relatively short compared to the OT, the stories will have a lot more detail.
Since they have taken so many liberties with the word of God for this television show, it is not assured that God is doing miracles to cast some sort of acceptance on the programming.
But God is amazing and does amazing things day and night into everlasting.
It’s sorta like the Cliff’s Notes version of The Bible. If God can speak through a donkey, I’m sure he can reach some through this series. I wish it were more accurate with what it does show, but maybe this will lead to other Biblical productions and discussions. I guess we should be glad that they didn’t produce “the koran”.
They'd find out Moses wasn't Scottish. I lasted an hour into the first episode.
Even if only a few come to see the light, so be it. Just a few, is more than what we had before.
Read some of the comments after the article. It’s hard to believe that so many people do not believe in God.
The day came that man said “We do not need you anymore God, we can clone, we can produce life without you.” God said, “Okay, I’ll take a handful of dirt and create life, and you do the same.” Man said, “No problem” and leaned over to pick up a handful of dirt. God said “No no, use your own dirt”.
I heard it was good. After watching the first episode I was constantly comparing it to the Ten Commandments and went away disappointed. The casting was weak also.
I found myself doing that as well. However, what I realized, comparing it to The Ten Commandments, is that the movie was made in hollyweird.
This series leaves a lot of questions...to be answered. I found myself screaming at the tv (D’oh!) of what was left out and WHY these things happened.
If you are into your Bible, you will notice them. If you are not, you may be curious as to why.
Lord knows how many people actually opened their Bible to find out the why.
That is good.
I have enjoyed the show so far. I was pleased to see that I had not forgotten all of the Bible stories but then I was reminded that my memory was not quite as intact about the Bible as I had hoped it would be.
Prime example of another movie that is not: The Ten Commandments with Charlton Heston. Is that movie biblically accurate? By no means, I doubt maybe 10-30 of the movie is accurate. It's still on TV every year but that's only because the network know no one will get the true story of the Exodus, or the Gospel, or their purpose, from that movie.
Yet look at what happens when someone mentions the name of "Jesus" in a TV show. One episode of Walker Texas Ranger mentions His name and the network goes absolutely crazy demanding that His name be taken out of the show and script. Neither was done and the show received some of the highest ratings ever for a single TV show.
Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that Walker Texas Ranger portrayed the Gospel in the truest form either, but they came a lot closer in it's last few years (after Norris received Christ and got away from the ancient Indian folklore he was in to) than anything before or since.
I'm just saying, if someone wants to put the Bible on TV, do it accurately, not as Hollywood would do it.
BTW, did I hear this right, Christian Bale is going to be in this thing at some time in the near future? Say it ain't so!
—— But here’s the thing. I, and many others, are for biblical purity and accuracy. -——
So which Bible should be used?
(Be careful, this is a trick question. You will have to appeal to an extra-biblical authority).
And the actor is English.
The amount of boogers people here on FR can hunt for never ceases to amaze me. Wish the rest of us were as perfect as many on here are.
Exactly. And people who may not have had any idea what the Bible was about in the first place.
It can open up doors of opportunity for witnessing and that's what we need to pray it does.
For some reason, non-believers are the biggest a$$holes on the Internet, after the racists.
And do you believe in simplifying the Bible for the young? those in kindergarten and elementary school? or do you teach them as if they were full of knowledge and college educated? I see shows like this as being for those who are “infants” in their knowledge of Christianity.
I believe that this series will get people to actually read the Bible and to ask serious questions in seeking more knowledge? Or would you prefer more shows like those that claim the gnostic ‘gospels’ are more biblically true than the actual New Testament?
As for DeMille’s Ten Commandments, I remember all my grade school going to a local theater to see it one day. This was in 1956 or 57, when the film was new. It helped reinforce what I was taught in Sunday School and made the story of the Exodus more real and understandable to me. And I continue to watch it. I never watched Walker Texas Ranger.
NoGrayZone: Well said. This series is to plant seeds. And we must remember the parable of the sower and the seeds and not forsake that mission with the position: We shall make no attempt to sow seeds unless the ground is perfect for them to grow. And in every bag of seeds there is some chaff (I grew up farming and know this, although the little packets for one’s garden has no ‘chaff’.
I heard how good the volkswagen beetle was, but found it weak, after driving and riding in a Mercedes Benz
And it didn’t have near the power of the Benz either.
And Jesus didn’t provide tartar sauce to go with the fish and loaves and NO vegies. Thus by not providing a balanced meal does it actually matter what he taught on that hillside? (joining in your scarasm of others)
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