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04-08-2010, 11:01 AM
Greatest Movie Gods
From Liam Neeson to George Burns to Alanis Morisette, we list the greatest stars to be sent from the heavens.
by Chester Bateman, IGN UK
UK, April 8, 2010 - When it comes to the acting role of a lifetime, some thespians consider King Lear to be the ultimate part; others claim Hamlet is the pinnacle of the profession. Frankly, we say playing Batman takes some beating. But surely portraying God Almighty is guaranteed to lend one's resume some sparkle? Quite how you're supposed to get into character when playing The Lord Almighty we've no idea - try going 'method' and see how far that gets you - but these ten cinematic titans successfully played Gods on screen and, at time of press at least, have yet to be smote from up on high. Nice work if you can get it.


Liam Neeson as Zeus in Clash Of The Titans (2010)

Only an actor with Liam Neeson's versatility could play the King Of The Gods and the leader of The A-Team in the space of a year. As Zeus, ruler of Mount Olympus in this action-heavy Greek myth redux, Neeson's God isn't exactly the type of supreme being who sits on his cloud playing Kumbaya - he's the full-on, armour-plated, lightning-bolt-chucking type of angry God, who isn't averse to unleashing a sea-beast or two to do his heavenly bidding. Still, Zeus may control the almighty Kraken, but he never had to deal with B.A. "Bad Attitude" Baracus.


Alanis Morissette as God in Dogma (1999)

Director Kevin Smith took plenty of puerile pot-shots at religion in his foul-mouthed Biblical odyssey (mass-murdering angels, Chris Rock as the thirteenth apostle, turd monsters and the 'Buddy Christ'), but by far the most blasphemous element of Dogma was the stunt casting of God himself - or should we say herself. For reasons unclear, Smith hired Canadian songstress Alanis Morissette to play the mute human form of the One True God - she may claim it's ironic, we just say it's weird. However, in the View Askewniverse, even all-powerful deities aren't too high and mighty to be shot down by stoner Jay's bad language: "What the **** is this, The Piano? Why ain't this broad talking?" Charming.


Morgan Freeman as God in Bruce Almighty (2003)

Typically portrayed as an all-powerful, omnipotent entity capable of smiting humanity with his otherworldly powers, God is portrayed somewhat differently in Bruce Almighty: as a comedy plot device. Sick of being bad-mouthed by ungrateful humans like Jim Carrey, Morgan Freeman's God decided to let lowly Bruce take charge of the universe while he recharged his celestial batteries. Rubber-faced hilarity naturally ensued, with Freeman's smug creator retaking the reins after lessons were learned. A few years later, he got involved with a guy named Evan, but he doesn't really talk about that. ...

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Pick Six
04-08-2010, 11:05 AM
Hmmm...I never knew that Heston played the voice of God in the Ten Commandments. However, it makes sense if I hear it in my head...