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Exclusive Interview: Stephen Moyer’s Moroccan Experience ‘Killing Jesus’

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In an exclusive Skype interview for AllStephenMoyer.com and The Vault Shadaliza spoke with a relaxed and bearded Stephen Moyer about the Concussion film, Killing Jesus, the end of True Blood, his future projects and more.

In Part 3 of the interview we spoke about being sick in Morocco, 36 disciples around the pool, Ted Neeley and the fascination with Jesus.

If you follow Stephen Moyer on Instagram you probably wondered why he posted a photo of a Moroccan toilet bowl with the text ‘…I guess this is goodbye old pal..’ Thanks for all the late night get togethers…

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When I confront Stephen with this image and the question how the food was in Morocco he laughs out loud. “I got really sick. I was in bed for 6 days in Morocco. It was f*cking vile. I had 2 or 3 days off after my first day of filming and I was looking forward to go out into the Sahara desert, but I was in bed man, it was awful.” Stephen shakes his head at the memory. “I never get ill, “ he continues. “I have the constitution of an ox; never get ill! And I was sick as a parrot, awful.”

Despite being sick Stephen did manage to shoot all his scenes. “I have never missed a day in my life”, he adds.

 

Stephen was in Morocco in October this year to film National Geographic’s “Killing Jesus” based on the book by Bill O’Reilly. “Killing Jesus” details the events leading up to the murder of the most influential man in history: Jesus of Nazareth. The film is scheduled for release in 2015 in 171 countries.

 

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Jesus Christ Super and Ted Neeley

I tell Stephen that when I heard he would play Pontius Pilate in this film, I immediately thought of the rock opera he is a huge fan of: ‘Jesus Christ Superstar‘. Wouldn’t he have preferred to do the musical version of the story? Stephen laughs: “When I was doing the EPK [Electronic Press Kit] and they were asking me questions about Pontius Pilate and how exited I was to be doing this project I said I was most disappointed because I’ve gone all the way through the script and I can’t find my song. They looked at me like I was nuts, they didn’t understand what I was talking about.”

Being a Jesus Christ Superstar fan myself I tell him that Ted Neeley, who played Jesus in the famous 1970’s film, will perform the show in my Italian hometown in a couple of weeks and I have front row tickets. To my surprise Steve has an almost connection with Neeley.

Darren Bousman, the director of The Barrens, who is a dear friend of mine keeps trying to get me to do his Devil’s Carnival thing [Horror musical project] and the last time he tempted me into it was with Ted Neeley.”

Will Stephen do another musical?

Stephen didn’t accept Bousman’s offer, but can we expect another musical for him in the future?

“It’s not impossible. I want it to be the right thing. A few offers have come through, but I want it to be the right thing.”

 

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36 disciples around the pool and the fascination with Jesus

It’s Stephen’s turn to ask me a question: “Did you hear how many Jesus projects were happening in Morocco? There were 2 more when I was there. It was so funny. There were 36 disciples around the pool at any one time. It was absolutely unbelievable. We had disciple competitions.”

With so many films about Jesus coming out, what does ‘Killing Jesus’ have that the others don’t? We all know how the story ends and it doesn’t end well.

“It’s interesting that there is still this need to keep telling the story”, Stephen says. “I am not a particularly religious man and most of us who aren’t, most atheists and agnostics, tend to be quite fascinated by Jesus. It’s interesting isn’t it? I don’t know why that is. Denis [O’Hare] is a great example of that actually. He is very, very not religious but he is currently writing a play about the bible. ‘Killing Jesus’ doesn’t have much spirituality in it. ‘A.D. :Beyond The Bible’ tells the story of Jesus after he dies, so it’s about the disciples that are left and how the story gets passed around and the other one ‘The Jesus Code’ was a docu drama about how they became the people that they were. So they all have interesting stuff to say”, Stephen concludes.

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    November 24, 2014

    Another fascinating interview.  Sorry to read that Stephen was so
    sick.  I kind of figured that’s what had happened when I saw the toilet
    pic with caption.  Got a kick out of all the disciples hanging out
    around the pool.  I would love to see Stephen do a musical.  I hope the
    right vehicle comes along.  I always enjoy his candor and his humor.

    Well done, Shad.

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    November 24, 2014

    Sorry Stephen was ill while filming in Morocco.  He is a trooper and the show must go on as they say.  I agree it is fascinating how many people of various faiths and belief systems continue to be drawn to the story of Jesus. I look forward to seeing Stephen in this project next year. 
    I just ran across Devil’s Carnival on Netflix. I will take a look at it to get an idea what it is about.  I want to see Stephen in guest appearances or extended  guest roles on some shows , musicals , films  ,anything that keeps him on screen regularly.  Do you hear that Stephen?  

    Great job Shad. More please.

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    November 25, 2014

    Willkill4Bill I followed Darren Bousman for a while after The Barrens, he produced his
    own DVD some time ago and a new film of Devil’s Carnival is coming out
    in 2015 and Ted Neeley is in that one. It’s like an ongoing projects, it
    seems.

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    November 25, 2014

    Rowena75 Thanks Row, I agree another musical would be nice, but right now he has a
    lot of projects in development for CASM. I talk about that in part 4
    (last part) of the interview.

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    December 07, 2014

    The fascination with Jesus?  Well, after all, whether one subscribes to Christianity or not, this one person and his followers changed the world immeasurably, in far-reaching ways.  I guess it’s impossible to equate how many good deeds vs how many evil deeds have been done in the name of Jesus. We humans are nothing if not consistent!   

    Stephen is his usual endearing, down-to-earth self in this conversation.  I figured, when I saw the pic of his “buddy” with his comment about all their “late nights together” that he must have been down with a bout of food poisoning, or the like.   That’s got to be the worst!  Thank goodness he got himself back to the good ol’ USA and some California cuisine!

    Very enjoyable read!  Thanks!

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