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Nonso Anozie Will Be Samson The Israelite Whose Strength Lay In His Hair

by Tambay A. Obenson
July 10, 2012 12:53 PM
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I recall when I interviewed him in May, he mentioned that he had a handful of projects on the horizon that he couldn't quite talk about back then, for any number of reasons; I assume this may have been one of those projects.

Towards the end of the video interview below (uploaded to YouTube yesterday), the Brit thespian reveals that he's been shooting an epic project for the History Channel here in the USA titled simple, The Bible. Specifically, he plays Samson (as in the story of Samson and Delilah) - the Israelite who was granted supernatural strength by God (his strength is in his hair) in order to combat his enemies and perform heroic feats like wrestling a lion, and slaying an entire army.

Hearing all this, I immediately remembered that, last spring, we announced that the History Channel had greenlit a 5-part, 10-hour epic series based on the bible, from start to finish, with Mark Burnett, the executive producer of Survivor, shepherding the project.

Titled The Bible, as Nonso mentioned, the series will focus on some of the most universally familiar tales from the bible; which ones? We don't know all of them yet; athough we can now confirm the story of Samson and Delilah will be one of them. And I'm sure we can bet that the crucifixion of Jesus Christ will be at the top of that list, as will Noah's Ark, and the Exodus to Daniel in the Lion’s Den.

The 10-hour project, which Burnett is said to have been working on for the last 3 years, is reportedly shoot on location, and will include a combo of live action and CGI (well, naturally).

"This series will bring the historical stories of The Bible to life for a new generation," said History Channel president Nancy Dubuc.

I couldn't find much else about who's been cast in this mini-series. There isn't even an IMDB page for it. I did find one recent report that said Portugal’s Diogo Morgado is playing Jesus in The Bible, and that principal photography is wrapping up, with the series set to premiere next year, I'm guessing on the History Channel.

I also found a press release stating that, next week Monday, July 16th, there will be a first-look presentation of The Bibleduring the International Christian Retail Show in the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Floridawith Mark Burnett & co-producer Roma Downey present. Makes sense...

The pair will share footage and images from the production, and I won't be surprised if those same images and the footage turn up online soon after that.

Of course I'm thinking about Nonso playing Samson, the Israelite, and already hearing all the complaints that will follow once word gets out, that'll probably read something like this: "Why's a black British man playing an Israelite? Samson wasn't black!"

And then I thought, if Samson's strength lies in his long locks, does that mean Nonso' going to wearing a wig? And will that wig comprise of dreadlocks?

Here's the interview:

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  • Jacob Obadiah | May 5, 2013 1:21 AMReply

    Praise you Almighty God Jesus, the Christ for this
    opportunity to speak truth to the children of men..

    This is going to be interesting.. Before I begin... I
    invite any Bible believing Christian in love to challenge
    anything I write. No offense will be taken.. If Jesus
    were a Caucasian - I would love him the same. In fact
    when I was a younger man and thought he was
    white - I loved him then....
    Praise the Lord.

    Not only was Samson black, but From
    Adam to Jesus the Bible is black with
    exception to the non-indigenous white
    Greeks and Romans. I can prove this
    if you are willing to look at the scriptures
    with an open mind and forget what history,
    tradition, folklore, theologians and the
    television tells us what the race of the people
    in the Bible were.

    The Bible not only substaniates that Cush ( Gen 10:6
    / Strong's # 3568 ) the progenitor of Ethiopia,
    and the grandson to Noah by his youngest son Ham
    was black, but all 8 people on the ark.

    There were no people on the Earth besides the
    8 people who got off the ark.

    Noah was Cush's grand father, therefore, he
    had to have been black as well. Think about
    this for a second. Cush was black, therefore
    all his brothers who had the same mother and
    father ( Ham ) were black as well. Remember,
    besides Noah's wife, there were 3 other women
    on the ark who I will prove had to have been
    black as well.

    Cush other brother ( Gen 10:6 ) Mizraim
    was the father of the Egyptians.. Mizraim
    had the same mother and father as Cush, so
    did Phut who became the progenitor of the
    Lybians. And last but not least was the fourth
    son, Canaan born of Ham and his mother who
    was also on the Ark... Now if you accept how I
    am explaining the Bible, you must accept that
    the Philistines (Gen 10:13-14 ) are black b/c they
    are descendants of the Mizraimites who I already
    proved are black according to the Bible..

    Now explain to me how Ham could be black if
    Noah, and his wife weren't black? People...
    think... Noah's son Ham was the father of the
    African race.. Yeah, I will believe Noah was a
    white man the day George W. Bush could
    have a biological son with Laura Bush that
    could be mistaken for Flavor Flav or any of
    the Jackson 5 before plastic surgery.

    You can't explain how two non-black people
    on the ark can have a biological son who became
    the progenitor of the African race..... Noah and
    all three of his son's were black.. The white race
    came about by the curse of Canaan ( Lev 13:3-4,
    13, 43 )....

    It's as simple as that.....

    Now that you know Noah and his three
    son's were black you now know that
    Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were also
    black.. Joseph was mistaken ( Gen
    42:7 ) for an Egyptian by his brothers...

    So what do we have here? We have the
    black descendants of Shem (Joseph)
    way beyond Abraham - being mistaken
    for a descendant of Ham's 2nd son
    ( Mizraim Egypt /
    Strong's # H4714 ) Mizraim.

    Follow me.. 2 of Noah's sons descendants
    of Shem ( Joseph / Gen 42:7 ) and Ham
    are mistaken for the same race. And
    descendants of Japheth in the Apocrypha
    ( 1 Maccabees 12:21 ) are called brethren
    to the Israelites. And I am expected by
    "society" to think that the entire (95%)
    of the Bible is not black ? I can't fooled
    anymore with the man's "his-story"..

    Moses, Apostle Paul & all the sons of
    Israel were mistaken for ( Gen 50:11
    / Exo 2:19 / Acts 21:38 ) Egyptians
    as well...

    The Bible says Jesus had wooly hair,
    [ Daniel 7:9 KJV ] feet in color to brass
    burnt in an oven [ Rev 1:13-15 ] , and
    compared his complexion to a birthstone
    [ Rev 4:3 ] which comes in many colors
    including one the tone of Chris Rock..

    Job said he was black as well as
    Solomon.. ( Job 30:30 / SOS 1:5-6 )
    God said Judah was black
    [ Jeremiah 14:2 KJV.. Lam 4:8 ], and
    that Jacob would never become white..
    ...Isaiah 29:22..

    If we are willing to shut the voices of
    history ( Jeremiah 16:19 ), tradition,
    and the television out of our minds,
    we can see that everyone in the
    Bible except the Greeks and Romans
    were black... And even the ancient
    sons of Japheth were the first
    Europeans, so whites are not even
    native to Europe...

    How could I forget...Those Arabs in the Middle
    East and North Africa are the children of rape.
    The Romans and Greeks [ Zec 9:6 ] mixed a lot
    of vanilla in them chocolate Africans which are
    now carmel Arabs. They are too ashamed to
    bring it up in conversation, and whites have
    buried this history to the point that the Arabs
    themselves have forgotten how they came to be a
    new people. Add to that blacks are the most undesirable
    ( Zep 2:1, 1:17 / Deu 28:37 ) people. If blacks
    hate themselves more than the Klan ever hated
    them and pass for being white when they can,
    why is it a surprise to anyone Arabs would hide
    the fact that they are the children of rape between
    blacks and Caucasians ? Try getting a very
    heterosexual and macho prison inmate to admit he
    was sexually assaulted in jail, and then you will
    understand the Arabs denial of how they came
    to be light skin..

    I almost forgot about the people of Sodom
    ( Gen 10:19 ) being black, as well the
    Phonecians ( Gen 10:19 / Sidon …..
    Strongs # H6721 ) who we get most of our
    English alphabet from…

    John 8:32

  • FilmGuy | July 10, 2012 8:32 PMReply

    Why would people complain that Samson wasn't Black? He quite possibly will be the only accurately portrayed character in the series. "My people perish from a lack of knowledge." Hosea 4:6

  • Miles Ellison | March 8, 2013 12:07 AM

    If they complained about black people being cast in The Hunger Games even though the characters the actors were playing were described as black in the book, they will certainly complain about this. And there's been more than a little whitewashing of non-white characters by Hollywood. Also, not many people seem to have a problem with Jesus looking like a mid-'70s heavy metal guitarist.

  • truth | March 7, 2013 11:41 PM

    Let's make a movie about Martin Luther King and get a White guy like Ron Heard to play the part....

  • Jeremy | July 10, 2012 7:11 PMReply


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