Monday, 23 May 2011

Best Portrayals of the Devil

The Devil, Lucifer, the Prince of Darkness, Satan, and Antichrist - he has many names. He is also one of the most portrayed characters in popular culture. The enigmatic fallen angel had his rise as a literary character in Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost’ and experienced a bit of a revival in the twentieth century in Bulgakov’s ‘Master and Margarita’. In film, however, he has only been properly portrayed in the last couple of decades. With all his flaws, the Devil must be one of the funnest characters to play for any actor. Here is a list of the most notable performances. Some may sound offensive or shocking to certain audiences, so if you are not a fan of the dirty joke, refrain from watching, or suck it up and don’t report me please.

The Devil’s Advocate. Al Pacino.

So charismatic that he saves the whole movie.

The Witches of Eastwick. Jack Nicholson.

If the punchline does not make you laugh out loud, then you are a square. Sorry, but you'll have to click on the link here.

Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus. Tom Waits.

The embodiment of temptation, he leaves you no chance at all.

Joan of Arc. Dustin Hoffman.

Probably the best thing in this mishap of a movie.

Deconstructing Harry. Billy Crystal.

Probably my favourite. Check out the random naked people in the background.

Bedazzled. Liz Hurley.

The only lady Devil in this selection. And the hottest one by far. Hats off.

Angel Heart. Robert de Niro.

This’ll put you off eating boiled eggs for a while. Click here.

Little Nicky. Harvey Keitel.

Shows just what a tough job it must be, running Hell.

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