Jesus Christ On Screen: Who Played Him The Best?

Categories: Film

It's the ultimate role because you get to be holy and look good yet suffer for your craft, all with the promise of a return engagement.

And a lot of terrific actors have attempted to nail the role.

Your divine choices:

Willem Dafoe in The Last Temptation of Christ. He was hung all right!

Jim Caviezel in The Passion of the Christ. He atoned for Mel's sins.

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Max von Sydow in The Greatest Story Ever Told, aka Incredibly Loud and Extremely Crucified

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Jeremy Sisto with windswept hair right out of a romance novel. Oy.

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Christian Bale. Mary, Mother of Jesus!!! I'm not cursing--that was the name of the TV movie.

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Ted Neeley in Jesus Christ Superstar. A hard-rockin' saviour who'd obviously seen a lot of California sunlight.

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Robert Powell in Jesus of Nazareth. "Turn the other cheekbone!"

Jeffrey Hunter in King of Kings, aka I Was A Teenage Jesus. Woof.

PS: I left some out--like the Christ in Ben-Hur because you only see the back of his head--but the link and the link within the link both list more. Praise Hollywood.

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