'KILLING JESUS' STAR KELSEY GRAMMER: HEROD 'WASN'T NECESSARILY EVIL'
Kelsey Grammer of “Frasier” fame will play King Herod in the upcoming Bible-based miniseries “Killing Jesus.” The star recently said that the king who ordered the deaths of all baby boys in Bethlehem “wasn’t necessarily evil” but simply power hungry.
According to the “Massacre of the Innocents” in the New Testament, King Herod commanded all boys under the age of two to be killed after hearing of Jesus’ birth. Jesus' parents fled to Egypt to save him and remained there until Herod died.
At a press conference, Grammer said that Herod’s actions needed to be put into perspective. The King "wasn't necessarily evil - he was just a guy who had to do some despicable things to maintain a balance of power," Grammer said.
“Killing Jesus” is based on the book of the same title by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. The miniseries will be shown on the National Geographic Channel this year.
[TBC: This is further demonstration (though none is needed) that Hollywood can never produce a biblically accurate movie. It is further compromised by being based upon Bill O'Reilly's book Killing Jesus (see http://www.thebereancall.org/content/june-2013-q-and-a-2). As Grammer admits, Herod commited "despicable things." Historically, it is noted that he was "a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis" (Spino, Ken, "History Crash Course #31: "Herod the Great" [online], Crash Course in Jewish History, Targum Press, 2010). He has also been assessed as someone, "prepared to commit any crime in order to gratify his unbounded ambition" (http://jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/7598-herod-i). Regardless of how the word "despicable" has been redefined, Herod's behavior was "evil."]