Is anybody else wondering what is happening in Hollywood these days?
And in the center of that force of nature (or super nature, maybe?) is Mark Burnett, singularly one of the most successful producers in LA.
Mark Burnett and his wife Roma Downey are executive producing The Bible... and it's a smash hit.
I think Esquire's Man at His Best interview by Scott Raab underscores the deep respect the husband and wife team have for people, Jews and Christians alike:
MB: Well, it's also our cultural tribe. It's the cultural tribe of the Christians. Jesus and all the disciples were devout Jews. We've shown very clearly it was not the Jewish people who killed Jesus.
SR: Thank you.
MB: They were all Jews! That would be like saying Americans killed Martin Luther King. How could Jews kill Jesus? There were only two groups, Romans and Jews. And within the Jewish people were factions. The word Christian didn't exist until way later. It was called "the way." It was only for Jews, his message. It wasn't until Jesus came to Peter, who was hungry. Jesus said, "Go into the city. Get some food." He said, "I can't do that. It's unclean food. It's not kosher." And Jesus said, "Go eat. The door is open to all."
MB: Jesus said, "We're all Jews. It's for everybody. The whole world needs the light." By the way, I'm not trying to convert you. I don't mean any disrespect.
SR: None taken.
Burnett's interview is a wonderfully free-wheeling exchange of ideas, sincerity and respect. Scott Raab is a Jew and Burnett is a Christian; the mutual respect is clearly flowing out of this incredible interview.
Burnett speaks openly about his T-shirt business on Venice Blvd. He's not ashamed.
It's what I loved reading in his autobiography, Jump In, Mark Burnett is a vulnerable, real guy with ambition.
And his ambition has now brought about a wildly successful multi-week version of the greatest story ever told.
He and his wife are living their faith out loud and doing so respectfully.
Kudos to the Burnetts.