Son of God Actor Diogo Morgado tell inside editions Megan Alexander that an overwhelming amount of atheists keep telling him that they have been "touched" by the upcoming Bible epic Son of God.
Son of God hits theaters this Friday and tickets sales are reportedly expected to come in at about $22.5 million or more by theaters' internal projection service Major Theater Chain. While making the rounds in promoting the film Portuguese actor Morgado tells inside edition he was not expecting the feedback he is getting from viewers in the atheist community.
The 34-year-old actor says that many atheist have approached him with an urgency to tell him, " 'You know what I don't have a specific belief, I don't believe in anything but the truth is there is something in this story that touched me and made me search for something else.' "
Atheism is the rejection of belief in the existence of God. So Morgado is understandably stunned by the reception he is getting from that community. He goes on to say that he feels "privileged" to be a part of something that is impacting so many.
The Bible epic is the first major feature for the actor outside of his roles for Portuguese television. In another interview with ET, Morgado also expressed his gratitude towards the message of the anticipated cinema.
"There's a whole generation that doesn't know about the Bible and Jesus...It's a story that deserves to be in the big screen," Morgado said when passionately describing his excitement for the film hitting theaters.
Producers Mark Burnett and wife Roma Downey brought The Bible five-part miniseries to television last year and because of the phenomenal record-breaking ratings, the power couple decided to bring it back but this time to the big screen.
The last time audiences saw the story of Jesus was in the Cinema was The Passion of the Christ a decade ago, and that was about the last three days of his life. Not since 1965's The Greatest Story Ever Told has the story of his full life been shared, until now.
"Son of God" hits theaters Feb. 28, 2014. For more information visit the film's site