The fact that Americans might be more okay with a Black Jesus than a Black President is blowing me away right now — except of course Black Jesus would just be a 2-hour cinematic illusion and Barack Obama is real, but still.
Vanity Fair and 60 Minutes recently conducted a poll of random bucket list- type questions like what’s the most annoying hand gesture, would you prefer your partner overweight or uneducated, and what is Kwaanza, and one of those inquiries was, “If you were directing a new film version of the New Testament, which actor would you cast to play Jesus?” Out of Woody Allen, Ryan Gosling, Al Pacino, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Daniel Day Lewis, the answer was overwhelmingly the only black man on the list: Denzel Washington. Crazy right?
Denzel brought in 21% of the votes, with the next answer, “none of them,” referring to the men listed, coming in second with 15% of the respondents. Still, this is pretty interesting considering we’ve never seen Jesus on a mass level without blonde hair and blue eyes except in the passion of the Christ. But at the end of the day, Denzel is pretty much the only man on earth who can say hands down, every woman in the world wants to get her hands on me at some point. That also means it could be awkward attempting not to lust over him as sweet baby Jesus should this film idea ever hit the big screen. Oh well, we can always do penance afterward.
Could you see Denzel being cast as Jesus?