A Survey of Who Should Play Jesus Is Topped By Denzel Washington
"60 Minutes" and "Vanity Fair" recently conducted a poll, asking: "If you were directing a new film version of the New Testament, which actor would you cast to play Jesus?"
And the winner - with 21% of the vote - was DENZEL WASHINGTON.
Daniel Day-Lewis was second with 14%, followed by Al Pacino (13%), Ryan Gosling (11%), Woody Allen (10%), and Philip Seymour Hoffman (3%).
Apparently, these options were provided as choices, because 15% selected,"NONE OF THEM," and that option actually received the second-most votes.
These are some pretty bizarre options. Perhaps Daniel Day-Lewis and Philip Seymour Hoffman make the most sense, because they're pretty highly regarded, serious actors. You could maybe toss Al Pacino in there, too.
I'm not sure what Ryan Gosling has done that would make him seem like a good fit to play Jesus, aside from his undeniable sex-appeal. Is that really something we're looking for in a Jesus actor? Of course, if you're going for age-appropriateness, Ryan is really the only choice. He's 31. Jesus was 33 when he died. Everyone else on this list is WAY older than that.
If Woody Allen is directing this movie, I guess he'd probably want to star in it. But WE'RE supposed to be directing it, so I don't get why he was included as an option. After all, Woody is basically only good at playing HIMSELF. Is our Jesus a total neurotic? Who falls in love with a woman 35 years younger than him, who's essentially his stepdaughter?
And while it may be surprising that so many people chose Denzel Washington, even considering these sub-par choices, I'm wondering if people are picturing an ACTION movie. Does Jesus have to save the lives of innocent people trapped in a hijacked airport monorail car? Because if so, Denzel would be a GREAT choice.