Some roles in films are considered particularly difficult to play. People talk about classic roles such as Batman, James Bond and Kings taking a very particular type of actor. But people forget sometimes that one of the strangest roles an actor can take on in any film is that of a #God! There are so many Gods throughout the history of film, and none of them are similar! It's a very arbitrary thing to play someone so powerful, but some actors pull it out of the bag with an amazing and memorable performance, and here is a ranking of the top ten!
10. The Burning Bush (The Prince Of Egypt)
While there have been various people voicing the burning bush over the years in films such as Prince of Egypt, The Ten Commandments and Exodus: Gods and Kings, they all get a collective spot on this list because none of them did a whole lot of acting, but it's always a lot of fun to see a guy stand and talk to a bush.
9. Odin (Thor)
There are several entries from the #Thor films, because they're all awesome at acting like Gods! Anthony Hopkins as #Odin in Thor and Thor: The Dark World, because he is so bad-ass as the leader of #Asgard. In the first film, when he rides in and stops all the ice giants in their tracks by just standing there, yeah, that was awesome!
8. Zeus (Percy Jackson And The Lightning Thief)
There have been a lot of portrayals of the Greek God #Zeus in film, and one of my favorites was Sean Bean in the Percy Jackson films. This is because he clearly actually absorbed some form of the immortal powers of Zeus while in the role, because this is one of the very few films in which he did not die! That's a pretty good performance if you ask me!
7. Heimdall (Thor)
Another one from the Thor and #Avengers films, Idris Elba is fantastic as Heimdall. While he is known for not enjoying having to play this role, he still pulls it off brilliantly! Taking out whole gunships as they try to invade Asgard, this guy isn't to be messed with, and it's just unfortunate that Elba has fallen out with Marvel and may not be returning any time soon.
6. Thor (The Avengers)
But of course when you mention the likes of Odin and Heimdall, how can you forget the big man himself? Chris Hemsworth manages to simultaneously be the most imposing and the most entertaining guy on the screen, even in a huge line up of Avengers made of A-list Hollywood stars. For a simple guy who started out acting in Australian soap opera Neighbours, this is a huge rise to stardom that we are all thankful for. Of course, we will get to see much more of Thor on our screens with Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War both coming in the next eighteen months!
5. Zeus (Clash Of The Titans)
While Sean Bean certainly pulls off the regal nature of Zeus in #PercyJackson, there's nothing that beats the master himself, Liam Neeson, in Clash of the Titans. Balancing the fine line between evil dictator and glorious ruler, Zeus is perfectly able to talk people down with words just as easily as he can kick their asses back to the Underworld. Unfortunately the third planned film in the series, Revenge of the Titans, was cancelled, so we are unlikely to see Neeson return to the role.
4. God (Monty Python And The Holy Grail)
While most of the Gods on this list are from Norse or Greek Mythology, there's also nothing wrong with depicting the Christian God in the kind of way such that he randomly shows up, tells you to stop messing around and find the holy grail, and then vanishes without a trace for the rest of the film. Of course, nobody would do such a thing except for Monty Python, the constantly ludicrous British comedy troupe that ran wild in the seventies and eighties. Their depiction of God was no-nonsense, brash, and absolutely hilarious!
3. Loki (The Avengers)
Even better in my mind than the performance of Thor is that of #Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston, who not only manages to be the best villain Marvel has had in one of their films to date, but is also one of the few to survive his original appearance, and go on to have several more. He managed to fight all the Avengers, and almost outwit them to a victory, until he got beaten up by the Hulk and put in prison for a while. Nevertheless, he actually succeeded in becoming king of Asgard and we won't know if he is stoppable until Thor: Ragnarok is released in November!
2. Hades (Hercules)
A classic Disney film, #Hercules brought everyone much joy, but it was the villain of the piece, brought to life by the always excellent James Woods, who really steals the show. Along with his incompetent sidekicks and witty banter, Hades tries to take over Mount Olympus by releasing the titans, and it almost all goes according to plan, except for Hercules ruining it all of course. Nevertheless, he was a truly excellent villain, and my favourite Greek God in film of all time!
1. God (Bruce Almighty)
But not quite my favorite of all. That accolade goes to the man who symbolized exactly what a God should be, all without any of the violence that most of this list required at some point. Morgan Freeman was such a confident God that he gave divine powers to another man just to prove a point. That's power for you! This guy had regality coming out of his ears, and that's why he is the best movie God of all time!
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