Entertainment

Keith David on ‘The Bible’

Sat., Mar. 9, 2013 12:42 PM EST
by Ronda Racha Penrice

Few expected the History Channel’s epic 10-hour miniseries, The Bible, to be a ratings bonanza. But following its two-hour premiere Sunday, March 3, the numbers were huge. In all, 13.1 million viewers, with almost half ranging from ages 18 to 49, tuned into The Bible. And, for those who watched, the narrator Keith David was probably a familiar voice.

Perhaps one of the hardest working actors in the business, David is rarely unseen. Most recently, audiences have enjoyed him on TV One’s Belles as William “Big Bill” Cooper, the patriarch of the Cooper family who runs his late wife Belle’s soul food restaurant in Atlanta.

But David’s voice has been equally popular. He has narrated several documentaries, including Jazz and Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson. Plus he’s lent his voice to video games like Halo 2 and Halo 3. So, narrating The Bible was very much in his lane. Still The Bible is special for him.

“It wasn’t difficult for me because I believe in God,” he says. “I believe in the Bible and so I just embraced the spirit of the story being told.” In fact, David, who has played several ministers, including one recently in Lifetime’s Pastor Brown, another spiritual ratings surprise, wanted to be a minister at one time.

Although these days he’s not standing in a pulpit, he sees the need for spiritual nourishment all around him. “I think we’re in a time in our history where people are hungry for spiritual answers,” he explains. “[There’s] more spiritual death in our society at large. In this political climate that we’re in here in America, [they’re] trying to take God out of the schools, out of public places and where you find an absence of God, you find things like that last school shooting. That’s what happens as the result of trying to take God out of schools.”

And, for David, this is why The Bible scored big.—ronda racha Penrice

The Bible airs on the History Channel Sundays at 8/7c until March 31, Easter Sunday.

 

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  • Venharis

    “In this political climate that we’re in here in America, [they’re]
    trying to take God out of the schools, out of public places and where
    you find an absence of God, you find things like that last school
    shooting. That’s what happens as the result of trying to take God out of
    schools.”

    So true, Seek the Lord and you will find him. He will help you deal with your pride and emptiness and reward your faith with a more abundant life here (true freedom) and with everlasting life there…

    If you waiting to feel worthy to attend Church then you will be waiting forever… none of us are “worthy”.

    If you fear losing your freedom, Your one night stands, bar hopping and “freedom” will still be there waiting for you if you change your mind….

    You have nothing to lose!

    • Illusive Man

      Have a happy Easter friend, though I know you not. And anyone else who reads these words, know that Jesus love you and he died for your sins.