It has to be a challenge for any actor who is cast to play the role of God. First of all, it's God. Those are some big sandals to fill. You need to come off as wise, all-knowing, kind, but yet fearful. Secondly, you have to look good in white or with an epic beard. Regardless of whether or not you deliver in your performance, there will always be detractors saying, "No. No. You got it all wrong. Where are the tentacles?" Goes to show that you can't make all of the people happy all of the time.

In researching this piece, I found it strange that God hasn't been portrayed on screen more often. Maybe it breaks a commandment or something. Here are the brave actors who were willing to risk eternal damnation for a paycheck.

Rodney Dangerfield - Angels with Angles




In his final role, Rodney Dangerfield portrayed God. In a movie made solely for old people, Frank Gorshin portrays a recently-deceased George Burns who is unhappy in Heaven. He wants to be reunited with his soul-mate but cannot because they are at different levels in the afterlife. Dangerfield's God feels bad for Burns and strikes a deal with him. Go back to Earth and help a musician smuggle Cuban cigars and he'll be reunited with his love. I know that God works in mysterious ways, but he really comes off lazy here. Are Cubans that coveted that even God himself can't get them past customs?

George Burns - Oh, God!




George Burns was Hollywood's go-to God for a few years. His unique power of being sarcastic and ancient made him a shoe-in to play the Creator in films like Oh, God!, Oh, God! Book II, and Oh, God! You Devil. In the film, Burns's God approaches John Denver's unassuming grocery manager to have him help spread his message, mostly because no one is going to take a cigar-chomping 96-year old who has made a career out of blonde jokes seriously. And after "Sunshine On My Shoulders," Denver could have told us all to walk off a cliff and we would have done it.



Tucker Smallwood - The Sarah Silverman Program




Tucker Smallwood appeared a few times on The Sarah Silverman Program as the heavenly father who Sarah found too clingy after the two shared a brief relationship. But she still wants to use him to impress her former classmates at her high school reunion. Naturally, God doesn't cope too well with rejection and causes a HUGE scene. He also gets high and creeps her out by looking too much like Smokey Robinson. Chicks, man.

James Garner - God, The Devil, and Bob




God, the Devil and Bob was a cartoon series about a man who must prove the world is worth saving after God decides he wants to wipe out humanity and start over from scratch. The high-concept, theological comedy aired on NBC. Which means it only aired for a few weeks. James Garner loaned his gravelly twang to voice God, who looked very much like Jerry Garcia. If I get to Heaven to find angels noodling on guitars, I'm going to figure out a way to be kicked out.

Rob Benedict - Supernatural




All Hell breaks loose, literally, when God gives up on man in Supernatural. The angels feel jilted that their father has vanished and the demons raise Lucifer from the Hell Cage where he has been imprisoned. However, in a big reveal, the viewer discovers that God has been hiding in plain sight all along in the form of Chuck, the Prophet. Up until that point, we only knew Chuck as a fan-fic writer who had visions of the Winchester Brothers adventures. No one would have expected he was actually the Lord, but it makes sense that God is a big Supernatural fan. Normally, awesome cult shows are canceled really quickly.



Morgan Freeman - Bruce Almighty




Morgan Freeman has had a pretty awesome career. He's played Nelson Mandela, the President of the United States, narrated penguin migration, and took orders of assassination from a wacky loom. But he also got to loan his interesting look and cool voice to the role of God in Bruce Almighty and its sequel, Evan Almighty. Though everyone involved would prefer you forgot the second film ever happened. In fact, God would erase Evan Almighty from all of our collective consciousness, but apparently, he's not allowed to play with our free will.

Alanis Morissette - Dogma




I found Kevin Smith's Dogma to be enjoyable. It had a pretty out there premise that could have easily gone off the rails, and ranks up there as one of his best films. However, it did suffer from a few instances of bad casting. Chief among them, Alanis Morissette as God. Thankfully, she went the Silent Bob route and didn't have any lines, because even the gleeful mugging she was required to do seemed like a difficult task for her. I like the Alanis that sings about getting dicked over and jokes about farts, not the one who acts like a super-high chick at a Phish reunion show.

Will.I.Am - Joan of Arcadia




One would think that Alanis's turn as the almighty would have to be the worst portrayal, but in assuming that, you overlook perhaps the worst thing that could ever happen. God as played by Will.I.Am., the Black Eyed Pea, broke into acting (other than Best Buy commercials) by appearing as God on CBS's Joan of Arcadia. The premise of the show featured a young woman who would be visited by God as he took different forms. Throughout the seasons, God appeared as men, women, children, Booger from Revenge of the Nerds, and in this instance, a wack butthead. Sounds more like Hell to me.



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