God is a supporting character in the films Bruce Almighty and Evan Almighty. He is one of the famous cinematic depictions of the Judeo- Christian God, Yahweh/Jehovah.

He is played by Morgan Freeman who also played Lucius Fox in The Dark Knight Trilogy and Vitruvius in The Lego Movie.

Biography

Bruce Almighty

Throughout the film, God makes subtle appearances around Bruce Nolan, posing as a homeless man and holding up signs that are in fact, messages to Bruce.

After receiving endless complaining and blame from Bruce, God decided to set things straight with Bruce. He invites Bruce to a warehouse to meet, by leaving his phone number on his alarm clock that constantly beeped. In the warehouse, he meets a janitor who reveals himself to be God, and proves his powers to Bruce. He confronts Bruce for the constant complaining in his life, and wants to help him realise how difficult it is to be God. As such, he gives Bruce all of his powers.

Initially in denial about having God's powers, Bruce eventually comes to terms with it. God appears shortly afterwards, and explains that Bruce may use his powers in any way he chooses under two conditions: he cannot tell anybody he is God, and cannot interfere with free will.

Bruce decides to use his powers mainly for his own personal gain: such as getting Evan Baxter fired from his anchor position so he can take place, getting revenge on the gang that previously assaulted him, and pleasing his girlfriend Grace. As voices start to build up in his head, God explains that he is receiving prayers, reminding him to do the job he was given. In responding to the prayers, he takes the easy way out by simply responding "Yes to all." 

When Bruce is dumped by Grace at a party celebrating his promotion, God sheds light on how Bruce's selfish use of his powers has made him less happy. Later on, as Bruce's first time as anchor, the city has erupted into chaos, prompting him to call for God's help. By this time, Bruce has finally taken to heart the idea of being responsible for his own destiny, cementing the films theme: "be the miracle." 

Eventually, Bruce learns that Grace has been praying for his happiness in her absence, and her final prayer is to no longer be in love. Feeling deeply saddened, he surrenders to God, no longer wanting to have his powers. He is hit by a truck and meets God in heaven. God reminds Bruce of his natural entertainment value, and teaches him to pray. Bruce wishes for Grace to be happy, and to find a partner who would treat her the way she deserved. God revives Bruce and Grace rekindles with him. At the end, God reveals himself to be the homeless man who held up the signs.

Personality

God's personality is rather complex. He is unquestionably loving, compassionate and understanding towards those whom he seeks out, as well as to other people and even animals. However, he does not have a great deal of tolerance when those he seeks out attempt to deliberately go against his plans for them, often using his power to find ways (At times unpleasant or embarrassing ways) to get them back on track. When God seeks out and contacts people in the films, it's usually because he wants them to both come to important realizations about themselves, and also make a positive impact on the world around them. He often only tells them the basics of what he might want them to do in order to help them figure out for themselves the best ways to accomplish them. Though, he will at times use his power to help them along the way, such as in 'Evan Almighty,' supplying Evan with the lumber and tools to build the ark and guiding the animals to assist with the labor of building it. He has a great sense of humor, often cracking jokes with people, yet can just as quickly make serious, profound statements to them.

Trivia

  • God is crazy in some regards. When he approached Evan, he forcibly made him look like and dress like Noah (which served no point aside from aesthetics). Even wasting time sending animals that were never in danger to fill the ark to save the town.

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