« Weisz to play Lamarr -- and maybe Delilah too? | Main | Rating Woes »

May 12, 2009

Ben-Hur, Jesus, and water bottles

Simon Vaughan, one of the producers of the upcoming Ben-Hur mini-series, has created a blog devoted to the production; most of the entries there so far consist of pictures from the Morocco set. (Hat tip to Matt Page.)

Today Vaughan posted this picture of a crew member lighting the actors who play Judah Ben-Hur and Jesus. I don't recognize the actor playing Jesus, but I wonder if this version of the story will show his face, or if it will merely show the back of his head, like the films made in 1925 and 1959 did.

Note also that the actor playing Jesus is holding a water bottle. That's kind of funny, since it looks like the scene they are working on is the one in which Jesus gives Judah a drink of water -- but presumably out of a gourd or some similar vessel, and not a plastic bottle!

Although, come to think of it, this wouldn't be the first film to show Jesus offering someone a water bottle ...

Related Tags: ben-hur, world trade center


Stinks that Jesus looks white as usual...how hard would it be to get a Middle Eastern actor for a small part like this? Lame!

Yeah, a middle eastern man would make it more realistic. I'm sure the mini-series marketers know it would draw a smaller audience, if Jesus was portrayed more realistically. Sad but true.

they have the reason probably why to look for a specific man to play the role in that action.