“A.D.” Actors Say Series Is ‘Certainly a Christian Project’, But It Is Not Just for Christians

Adam Levy as Peter in NBC's "A.D.: The Bible Continues." (PHOTO: JOE ALBLAS/LIGHTWORKERS MEDIA/NBC)
Adam Levy as Peter in NBC’s “A.D.: The Bible Continues.”

The Jewish actor portraying Peter, the disciple whom Jesus Christ described as the “rock” on which he would build his church, insists that Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s new “A.D. The Bible Continues” series is not targeted only at Christian viewers.

“The words I use are faith, hope and love. It affects us all, so I don’t think it matters what you are,” Adam Levy told CP last week at the “A.D.” premiere reception in New York City when asked if the series was primarily for Christians.

“At some point I will sit down with my children to watch it and I would say it’s a universal story to be told to the world,” he added.

Asked if “A.D.” is a Christian project, Chipo Chung (BBC’s “Doctor Who”), the actress portraying Mary Magdalene said, “I think A.D. is very cleverly pitched. I think it certainly is a Christian project.”

Chung added, “I think that Mark Burnett and Roma Downey are spreading the good news about the Bible in a way that’s palatable because the Bible has so many great stories. In fact in its time, the Bible was like going to the movies, the stories that were in it.

“At the same time, it’s very intricately balanced with the power play between the different factions that were causing the oppression. The Romans and the whole idea of empire, and the high priests and the machinations of power there. And there’s a lot of freedom that they have with those stories. The biblical stories are very biblically accurate, and the characters who aren’t as iconic within the Bible, there’s an absolute freedom so you’ll have never seen this story of Rome before.”

Episode one of “A.D. The Bible Continues,” which premiered April 5, depicts Jesus’ crucifixion and the disarray and confusion his disciple’s immediately find themselves in afterward. According to the biblical account, Peter denies knowing Jesus after his arrest three times. In the episode entitled, “The Tomb Is Open,” the apostle is confronted by Mary Magdalene and the Apostle John about being absent during Christ’s death at the hands of Rome. Peter conveys that his motivation in denying any relationship with Jesus was his desire to avoid sharing in his teacher’s execution.

Levy explained his character’s conflict in light of the times in which “A.D. The Bible Continues” is set.

“This is a gritty, grisly, dangerous place to be, a very very dangerous place to be. I mean you could be killed at any moment. And when you’re up against the odds even more so,” Levy said. “So I think for the first time, people are seeing something that is really quite hard-hitting and quite gruesome. It’s a gruesome period.”

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Nicola Menzie

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