According to an online poll by Vanity Fair magazine and 60 Minutes, Denzel Washington was the preferred actor to take on the role of Jesus Christ on the big screen.

If Washington were to take on the role of Jesus, it would not be the first time he has starred as a character with religious or spiritual undertones.

In 1996 Washington appeared as an angel alongside Whitney Houston in The Preacher’s Wife. And in 2010 the Academy Award winning actor starred in the post-apocalyptic sci-fi hit The Book of Eli, where he fought to protect a King James Version of the Bible, which was portrayed as a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humankind.

Daniel Day-LewisAl Pacino, Ryan Gosling, Woody Allen and Phillip Seymour Hoffman were also amongst the list of actors included in the survey. Actor Jim Cavizel starred as Jesus Christ in The Passion of the Christ in 2004, which was the last major box office film to depict the life of Jesus Christ.

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