Playing God: 8 Actors Who Took A Crack At The Divine

Wednesday, January 11 by

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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