Roma Downey, Mark Burnett Dish on 'A.D.'s Most Poignant Scenes

by Raphael Chestang 5:44 PM PDT, April 03, 2015
Playing Roma Downey, Mark Burnett Dish on 'A.D.'s Most Poignant Scenes

Producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey stopped by the ET stage to tease the most moving scenes of NBC's A.D. The Bible Continues.

"I would say that out of all the work we've done -- and we've done a lot of work -- that A.D. is the most anticipated series that we've ever been involved with," Roma told ET.

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After The Bible brought in massive numbers for History, expectations are high for the follow-up. Mark and Roma, who have been married since 2007, have gone on tour, travelling to churches across the country and getting encouraging feedback on the new series.

One of the most powerful scenes is the resurrection of Christ.

"You'll see the light coming out through the crack of the tomb," Roma said. "Then the angel arrives. He's big and he's beautiful and you're so glad he's on your team when he shows up with his wings and his sword, and then he comes down and he pushes the stone away."

Argentinian actor Juan Pablo Di Pace, 35, is the man Roma and Mark chose to play Jesus, which is a role he will cherish for the rest of his life.

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"The crucifixion scene -- I'll take that to my grave," Di Pace told ET. "Because it was such an iconic moment for my life. To be standing up there and have the vantage point of being on the cross as him -- everything was so real. The only thing that wasn't real was the camera flying around. Everything else was like being there."

A.D. The Bible Continues premieres April 5 on NBC.