Casting News: Gods Behaving Badly Gets A Horrible Cast

Being obsessed with Greek mythology, Marie Phillip’s Gods Behaving Badly is among one of my favourite novels of the last 10 years.  It follows the Greek Gods living in a brown-stone apartment in modern day New York and their interactions with a mortal couple that ultimately leads to the potential destruction of earth.  It’s a darkly funny, exciting novel that pokes fun at Greek mythology and showcases the power of love.  I was excited when I first heard the story was being adapted for the big screen, but I think my excitement may have just been diminished.  Movieline broke the story today that a cast has finally been announced for the movie, the press release is as follows:

The film tells the story of the Greek Gods, alive and well and living in a brownstone in New York City, as they cross paths with a young couple, Kate and Neil. The intersection of the Gods and the mortals threatens not only the couple’s budding relationship, but the future of everything else. Kate will be played by Alicia Silverstone and Neil by Ebon Moss-Bachrach. The gods are: Aphrodite — Sharon Stone, Apollo — Oliver Platt, Artemis — Edie Falco, Demeter — Phylicia Rashad, Dionysus — Nelsan Ellis, Eros — Gideon Glick, Hades — John Turturro, Hermes — Henry Zebrowski, Persephone — Rosie Perez and Zeus — Christopher Walken.

Yikes.

God of the Sun and male perfection is immediately what come to mind upon viewing this image...right?

I completely don’t understand this, why would you cast old actors to play the roles of ageless gods?  Aphrodite is the epitome of female sexuality and you cast a 53 year old Sharon Stone to play the role?  Apollo is supposed to be a picture of male perfection, and you cast Oliver Platt to play the role?  (Apollo and Aphrodite have a romantic relationship in the novel, so yea, get ready for that)  Gods Behaving Badly’s Artemis is one of the strongest female heroins in modern literature and you get a 48 year old Eddie Falco to play the role?  None of this makes sense, it all smells of the producers of this film either not understanding the source material or wanting to take it in some unwelcome new direction.

What was once great excitement for this movie has now turned into dread.

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Author:Ryan Crockett

Super-geek and cinephile, artist and writer, Ryan Crockett knows way too much about the French Revolution.

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4 Comments on “Casting News: Gods Behaving Badly Gets A Horrible Cast”

  1. Asher Lebeau
    August 11, 2011 at 2:32 am #

    It was bittersweet for me when I heard about the movie adaptation of, “Gods Behaving Badly.” Edie Falco as Apollo? I can sort of understand some of the other actors, (but not really Christopher Walken as Zeus either) since in the book they have lost a lot of their magic and they are not in top shape. As a result the gods/goddesses may not look their usual perfect godly selves, but come on- Edie Falco? WTH?

    • Asher Lebeau
      August 11, 2011 at 2:33 am #

      Oops! I meant Oliver Platt, not Edie Falco. Ah, editing, how you kill me at times.

  2. Anonymous
    September 9, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

    Are you two serious?? The odd casting choices are clearly supposed to be ironic! As you say Asher “in the book they have lost a lot of their magic and they are not in shape.”, why on earth would they cast sexy young actors? It would deviate completely from the book.
    You call yourself a cinephile but you come off sounding like you don’t have a clue. If young, sexy hard bodied men and busty half-naked women is what your after there’s a film coming out called The Immortals (11/11/11), greek gods, lots of skin.
    As a “cinephile” you’d think you’d want production teams to try new directions, talentless sexy young actors are clogging up cinema screens everywhere!

    • September 9, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

      Perhaps I misread the novel but I didn’t picture the characters as being quite that old and out of shape.

      I think what would be ideal is some sort of middle ground. To have young 20-somethings play the roles would be just as ridiculous as the current cast. When you’re creating a god, even if they’ve started to fall out of power, it audience has to be able to believe that they could possibly have at one point possessed the power that being a god entails. I suppose with Eddie Falco and Sharon Stone it’s believable that they may have at one point been gods, but I can’t picture Oliver Platt or Christopher Walken being anything other than what they are.

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