OUARZAZATE, MOROCCO. When the story of Jesus is told, the name of "Herod the Great" is rarely accompanied by applause.
That is not the case on the central Moroccan set of National Geographic's "Killing Jesus" in late October 2014.
We're off to the side of a towering, multi-tiered set standing in for The Temple in Jerusalem, bearing witness to endless repetitions of a shot featuring Herod and an assortment of priests ascending the steps. Kelsey Grammer has been off to the side of video village watching as robed stand-ins went up and down the steps making sure the light was right, serving as a cheerleader to get the shot and move on.
Grammer's motivation becomes clear an hour later when the shot is finally locked and a bellowing voice declares, "That's a wrap for Kelsey Grammer."
For one brief moment, Herod is beloved by all and takes in the adulation from the cast and crew.