The Bible on History Channel: Who is the actor playing Samson
Nonso Anozie made his appearance as Samson last Sunday on History Channel's epic new miniseries, "The Bible". Though the British actor's breakout role was Xaro Xhoan Daxos in HBO's critically acclaimed ratings giant "Game of Thrones," the 6"9 warrior is switching gears to be a part of Mark Burnett ("Survivor", "The Voice", "The Apprentice") and Roma Downey's ("Touched By An Angel") new series that updates scriptures with a diverse cast and CGI effects.
A church-going man, Anozie definitely believes that God works in mysterious ways in everybody's life.
"It's funny, you know how people say divine intervention? I go to church regularly, and my pastor gives me passages to read to the congregation, and I do that quite regularly. So January of last year, he gave me a piece about Samson -- about how God had given you a blessing and how you have to be careful with it. Then I got a phone call; they wanted me for another role. I said I do like the role of Samson if they haven't cast that yet. So the fact that it was the last thing I read in church really stood out to me."
When asked about working with "The Bible" producers Burnett and Downey, Anozie said the couple was determined to make the series something they really believed in.
"I really love how they shot the series. It was really amazing. It was really a good spirit and energy. I never met people who had such enthusiasm for what they're doing. They are just two individuals who are driven. Everything that was shot, they were there to oversee."
Anozie did say being on set during filming was surreal and intense. Not everybody working on "The Bible" was a Christian, but were still 100% committed to the project.
"It was really intense. The Noah people were leaving, the Jesus people were coming. You could see everybody. There was one actor who was the most atheist, but when you see his scene, it was so amazing to watch. It was really evidence to me that I was a part of something that's meant to touch people."
Tune in for episode 3 of "The Bible" on History Channel at 8 p.m. EST. This weeks episode "Hope/Survival" will feature Jesus Christ for the first time.