Supreme being or pure evil? Either way, it's one hell of a role! Say 'halo' to a handful of actors who have played God or Satan – along with a few devilish facts you may not know...

Heaven’s above! Actors who have played God …

 

1. Morgan Freeman, Bruce Almighty (2003)

Actors: Morgan Freeman as God

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Did you know..? The address for God’s company in the film is 77256 23rd Street. 77256 is the numbers you’d get if you dial PSALM on a phone pad. So, the address is ’23rd Psalm’. The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want…

 

2. Graham Chapman (voice only), Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

God in Monty Python and The Holy Grail

Did you know..? The photograph of God in the film is actually famous 19th-century cricketer WG Grace. Hope he doesn’t mind!

 

3. Alanis Morissette, Dogma  (1999)

Actors: Alanis Morisette as God

Did you know..? Nanny McPhee actress Emma Thompson was going to play God in this movie, but she backed out before filming began in order to have a baby.

 

4. Charlton Heston (voice only plus role of Moses), The Ten Commandments (1956)Charlton Heston as Moses in The Ten Commandments

Did you know..? There was a long-standing joke on the set of this film, that if it were a hit, it would all be down to director Cecil B DeMille. But if it was a flop, it would be God’s fault. Thank the Lord, it did OK!

 

5. Whoopi Goldberg, A Little Bit of Heaven (2011)Whoopi Goldberg as God

Did you know..? Whoopi also played a character called The Boss (aka God) in It’s A Very Muppet Christmas Movie.

 

Beelzebub-bling Under! Actors playing the Devil…

 

1. Jack Nicholson, The Witches of Eastwick (1987)

Actors: Jack Nicholson

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Did you know..? The role was supposed to go to Ghostbusters guy Bill Murray. When Bill dropped out, Angelica Huston (Jack Nicholson’s squeeze at the time) told the director that Nicholson was interested in playing the Devil, and he was snapped up in hours. Huston then auditioned to be one of the witches, but the part went to Cher. Gee, thanks, Mr Director!

 

2. Al Pacino, The Devil’s Advocate (1997) Al Pacino as the Devil

Did you know..? The role was turned down by Al Pacino five times. He didn’t think he could portray the character properly, and suggested Sean Connery or Robert Redford instead. Would’ve been a very different film…

 

3. Tim Curry, Legend (1985)Actors: Tim Curry as the Devil

Did you know..? Curry’s make-up took five and a half hours to apply. At the end of the day, he spent an hour in a bath to soften the sticky gum that covered his body. At one point, he got too impatient and claustrophobic and pulled the make-up off too quickly, ripping off his own skin in the process. Youch!

 

4. Robert De Niro, Angel Heart (1987)Robert De Niro as the Devil

Did you know..? Drector Alan Parker claims that Robert De Niro’s performance was so spooky that he avoided him during his scenes, letting the actor direct himself. De Niro’s performance is apparently an impersonation of movie producer/director Martin Scorsese. Bet he was flattered!

 

5. Elizabeth Hurley, Bedazzled (2000)Elizabeth Hurley as the Devil

Did you know..? In a beach scene, the Devil has two dogs, named Dudley and Peter – a tribute to funnymen writers and stars of the original Bedazzled (1967), Dudley Moore and Peter Cook.