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Published On: Wed, Mar 25th, 2015

‘Killing Jesus’ star Haaz Sleiman discusses playing Jesus, the story which ‘transcends all’

Actor Haaz Sleiman was born in Lebanon, grew up in a Muslim home and has the extraordinary opportunity of getting to play Jesus Christ in National Geographic’s Killing Jesus. Haaz spoke with Dispatch Radio about the role, the experience and confesses to how his own personal faith has changed.

“Do I trust myself enough?” Haaz confesses of the pressue he put on himself faithfully capture the character for “everyone who believes so much in this story or people of the Christian faith…people in the world all together…story transcends all. There was just a lot of pressure.”

Haaz Sleiman as Jesus of Nazareth in National Geographic Channel's Killing Jesus.

(photo credit: National Geographic Channels/Kent Eanes)

Haaz Sleiman as Jesus of Nazareth in National Geographic Channel’s Killing Jesus.

(photo credit: National Geographic Channels/Kent Eanes)

Unlike a biblical film, such as Son of God or The Passion of the Christ, Killing Jesus stays rooted in history and the political dynamics that Jesus lived and Haaz says it’s good for the audience to see the Jews/Romans “hesitiate…they’re not sure (what to do with Jesus) and…to them it was a disturbance.”

Haaz opens up about his relationship with God, how the film changed that dynamic and likely will forever be changed.

Check out the full interview below.

Visit the official page for film at Nat Geo: http://killingjesus.nationalgeographic.com/

Read the full review of Killing Jesus by Brandon Jones here

Listen to the Dispatch interview Walen Green – here

Sleiman co-stars with Stephen Moyer, Rufus Sewell, John Rhy-Davis, Kelsey Grammer, Emmanuelle Chriqui and Eoin Macken.

Visit the full INTERVIEW PAGE HERE: dispatchinterviews.com

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- Writer and Co-Founder of The Global Dispatch, Brandon has been covering news, offering commentary for years, beginning professionally in 2003 on Crazed Fanboy before expanding into other blogs and sites. Appearing on several radio shows, Brandon has hosted Dispatch Radio, written his first novel (The Rise of the Templar) and completed the three years Global University program in Ministerial Studies to be a pastor. To Contact Brandon email [email protected] ATTN: BRANDON

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