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Diogo Morgado talks playing Jesus in ‘The Bible’


Diogo Morgado is well known in his home country of Portugal. Now he’s making the big crossover after his role as Jesus Christ in the epic 10-hour History Channel miniseries The Bible, produced by husband and wife team Mark Burnett and Roma Downey (who plays Mary). The finale airs Easter Sunday, and the movie comes out on DVD Tuesday.

“It was so critical for me to pull it off well,” said Morgado, who was in Miami recently. “To play a figure that means so much to so many. It’s beyond words.”

How on earth to prepare?

“Portugal is religious country,” said Morgado, who also took a trip to Israel and watched performances by such actors as Willem Dafoe in The Last Temptation of Christ. “I grew up with the Bible and its stories.”

The 33-year-old (who inspired the hashtag #hotjesus) is proud of the final product — and should be. The Bible was the No. 1 one rated cable show of the year.

“We’re living in a really visual world, and generations are reading less and less so this was a perfect way for many to understand The Bible,” said Morgado who will next been seen in two films, Red Butterfly and Born to Race: Fast Track.

“I like doing different things — action, thrillers. It’s all fun.”

Quite a show

Chris Brown put on a surprise mini concert at the Hennessy V.S event Wednesday at Dream nightclub in celebration of the birthday of super producer Cool, from Cool & Dre. After being coaxed by Cool to get on the mic, Brown happily obliged and put on a show performing a slew of his hits including Look At Me Now and No Bullsh*t. The much maligned singer (also here creating a graffiti mural to raise money for Best Buddies International) made sure to showcase his signature dance moves and show off his rock hard abs. After performing, the singer — who is allegedly off again with Rihanna — was, says our spy, “spotted pulling multiple hot women into his V.I.P section and serving them Hennessy V.S cocktails.”

Belarusian professional tennis player formerly ranked World No.1 Victoria Azarenka, now ranked No. 3, was recently spotted checking out the tournament-grade tennis court onsite at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami. Too bad she didn’t get to practice much. She withdrew from the Sony Open last week due to an ankle injury.

Donald Trump was spotted Saturday aboard a 223-foot, $100 million super yacht at the Palm Beach International Boat Show, which showcased more than $1 billion worth of yachts, boats and accessories. Also on board: Mrs. Melania Trump and Mr. and Mrs. Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist III, son of actor Efrem Zimbalist Jr. and CEO of the company that produces the boat show.

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