EWAN McGregor has come under fire on Christian social media pages after it was revealed he will play both Jesus and the Devil in his new movie.
‘Last Days in the Desert’, due out next year, was branded “blasphemous” while the Scottish actor was called an “idiot”.
It was announced earlier this week that McGregor, who shot to fame playing a heroin addict in the 1996 film Trainspotting, has taken on one of the most ambitious roles of his career.
The first image of 43-year-old as Jesus showed him with long hair and ragged clothes in the desert for the Rodrigo García film.
People took to the Facebook pages of Christian publications to vent their anger and disapproval of his new role.
On the Facebook page for Christian Today – a London based publication – Nuni Ramello wrote: “They messed with the story of Noah and now this.
“I pray people are not dumb enough to start believing this trash.”
Robert Randall wrote: “Bottom line: just leave the script alone!!! Stick to original story!!”
While Stephanie Lundquist Silvester added: “Why would he play both roles?? The implication being that Satan is another side of Jesus?? Better question, Christian Today, why are you even mentioning this? It’s pretty blasphemous, in my opinion!”
Meanwhile on the Christian Post Facebook page, a publication based in Washington DC, readers were furious about McGregor’s new film.
“This guy’s an idiot who thinks he’s a genius,” wrote Greg Woolner. “Ewan McGregor is a rather deluded person.”
Rebecca Carvantes added: “To say this movie violates the second commandment, is an understatement. I definitely will not be seeing it.”
McGregor, who grew up in Crieff, Perthshire, previously said he is not religious but does attend church to listen to the music.
In an earlier interview with an entertainment magazine, McGregor said: “There’s nothing possibly that could upset people [in the film], other than the very nature of imagining a story with Jesus that doesn’t exist in the Scripture.
“There’s nothing offensive. I’m not worried about it, because I believe very much in the heart of the film we made.”
Some have been more positive about the Scottish actor’s dual role.
The next Free Church of Scotland Moderator, Rev David Robertson, has also said he is interested in seeing the film.
Rev Robertson said: “I might have a look at it. I would be interested to see what he [Ewan McGregor] does with it.
“I didn’t see Noah, I’m pretty certain I won’t see Exodus. But I would see this one. It sounds fascinating.”
He added: “You get people who will never go near a church but they will watch these films and start asking questions.”