It was, in a sense, perfect casting. That off-kilter face, that spaced-out voice, and yet……I could not also help but feel this was typecasting. This is how we tend to think of our celluloid devils – stylishly eccentric (or Al Pacino screaming at the top of his lungs). And this, as it must, got me to thinking - who ELSE could play the Prince of Darkness? What actor/actress could break the stereotype of this supremely stereotypical role?
5 Actors To Play The Devil
Shannon: “Look. You’re in hell. What can I say? Ya made choices, pal. Live with ‘em.”
McBride: “Man, it sure is-“
Shannon: “Don’t say it. Don’t say ‘hot’. I know it’s hot. We all know it’s hot. But you don’t say……’hot’. That word sorta rubs people the wrong way down here, see.” (Presses intercom button on desk phone.) "Cheri? Could you bring me a glass of seltzer and two Advil?"
Scoot McNairy. I'd like to think McNairy would run hell in the same manner as a harried night shift manager at Kinko’s.
Alison Brie. Her Beelzebub would be buxom, no doubt, but she would also be extremely uptight and frantically insecure, desperate to get the underworld running as smoothly and efficiently as God’s totally overrated eternal paradise. "Half these people spent their whole lives complaining that it was 'too cold.' Now they're down here and it's 'too hot.' Stop whining already! You have no idea how good you have it! It's a lot better than LIFE!”
Eddie Kaye Thomas. This version of hell would be akin to the long-running family business – you know, the real Lucifer retired a long time ago and Thomas is Lucifer’s descendant and he’s been made to run hell like his father before him and he’s none too pleased. “I was a good guy up there. I was a social worker. I donated to charity. I had the points to get into heaven, I did, but imagine living your whole life knowing that once it ended you’d have to run hell for a good chunk of eternity.”
Lou Diamond Phillips. He’s the Devil’s proxy on account of mistakenly selling his soul to star in “Wolf Lake.”