Eoin chats Leopard, Killing Jesus, Resident Evil and The Night Shift on an early Friday morning….
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The poor bloke was sick and could hardly speak. Maybe that’s why we could hardly find any interviews with him that night.
“In Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Jesus, an adaptation of his bestselling book, the Son of God is less divine prophet than he is political agitator. Focusing on the movement he created leading up to his crucifixion, the Ridley Scott-produced Jesus follows in the footsteps of O’Reilly’s other Nat Geo specials Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy. It stars Muslim actor Haaz Sleiman in the title role (a source of some early controversy), Kelsey Grammar as King Herod, Stephen Moyer as Pontius Pilate and Eoin Macken as Herod Antipas.”
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National Geographic drama Killing Jesus pulled the biggest US audience in the channel’s history at 3.7m viewers on Sunday. According to Deadline, the adaptation of Bill O’Reilly’s book Killing Jesus, pulled a 1.0 rating in adults 25-54, the highest rating for that demo since the 2013 premiere of O’Reilly’s Killing Kennedy. Killing Kennedy nabbed 3.4 million viewers in 2013 launch, and Killing Lincoln, both by O’Reilly, had 3.35m in 2013. Killing Jesus features Kelsey Grammer as King Herod the Great; Stephen Moyer as Pontius Pilate; Haaz Sleiman in the title role as Jesus; Rufus Sewell as Caiaphas; Emmanuelle Chriqui as Herodia; Eoin Macken as Antipas; and John Rhys Davies as Annas.
The biopic is the third adaptation of US TV anchor Bill O’Reilly’s page-turning and provocatively titled history books, following up from Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln. The challenge here was unique: at least the two late American presidents remained dead. Killing Jesus entailed a plunge into the far murkier waters of faith and distant historical fact. The result was a successful piece of television, if not any particularly fresh insights into how a carpenter living in ancient Judea spawned a religion that is today followed by over two billion people. The Lebanese actor Haaz Sleiman made an impressive fist out of what must be about the most daunting role to put on your CV, embodying a subtle shift from Jesus as self-effacing family guy flicking breadcrumbs at his cousin to Jesus as increasingly self-assured preacher and Messiah. …
This Easter the National Geographic channel is airing Killing Jesus, a miniseries chronicling the life of Jesus of Nazareth. We chat with Eoin Macken about his role as Antipas. Q: Who is Antipas? A: Antipas is one of Herod’s sons, so he was known as Antipas Herod. He was one of Herod’s younger sons and became the tetrarch of Galilee and Perea. When Herod died, the land was divided into four regions, with tetrarchs to oversee them. They became rulers of certain areas, which meant they all came into conflict with one another at some point or another. He marries Herodia, who is his brother’s wife, and that’s where Salome comes in, as his stepdaughter.
For me, Antipas as a character is driven by his quest to become king. He wants power but, in my head, he shies away from confrontation. He’s kind of pushed on by Herodia, who uses her sexual wiles to goad him into doing things he doesn’t want to do. He doesn’t want to challenge certain people like Pilate and Caesar to be king, but he wants it to happen. He wants the ease of being in control without having to fight for it. …
The cast arriving at the red carpet in New York for the Killing Jesus premiere.
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Prohibition aside, Rhys-Davies is posing for any “Sliders,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark” or “Lord of the Rings” fan who wants a shot. “You’ll notice that on the set, I allow extras to have photos with me. This is strictly against company policy, because we don’t want any shots on the set,” he says. “Truth of the matter is, we’ve got to bind these people with the bonds of affection and friendship, to bolster them in their attempts of modernity.” Taking steps back from modernity is Eoin Macken, who eschews the lighter, handier iPhones and flaunts the anti-photo policy with a bulky, retro camera that shoots with something the old folks used to call “film.” “I get bored so I need to go and do stuff,” Macken says of his on-set hobby. “I studied some cinematography and I do photography and especially on a set like this I think if I can shoot medium format film with black-and-white and get some really cool images, this seems like the right moment to shoot some old black and white, make it nice and grainy and kind of get it cool.” Prowling the set undercover with a hat and sunglasses, Macken looks like Dennis Hopper in “Apocalypse Now,” documenting every moment. “You know when you shoot digitally, you take 100 shots and you don’t look at half of them?” he asks. “So instead I take 30 and then you get the joy of waiting for it to get developed and you get the three pictures and it’s kind of fun.”