(BREITBART) — Muslim-raised actor Haaz Sleiman is set to portray Jesus Christ in National Geographic’s upcoming television movie “Killing Jesus,” an adaptation of Bill O’Reilly’s bestselling 2013 book Killing Jesus: A History.
Speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour on Wednesday, Sleiman told TheWrap that not only does his faith not preclude him from playing Christianity’s central figure, the two religions are not as different as they seem.
“Islam believes that Jesus is a prophet, and they honor him – highly – and they respect him and they follow his teachings,” Sleiman told the outlet. “So, for me, as somebody who was raised Muslim, it is an honor to actually play Jesus, just because of that.”
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