Hades - God of the Underworld
Characteristics: Protective and cunning. Proprietor of much wealth.
Seldom worshipped, and often seen as receiving the short end of the stick when roles were distributed between him and his two brothers, Zeus and Poseidon, despite having the wealth of control over all deceased souls, not just living mortals.
As much as I appreciate the efforts of the always fabulous Ralph Fiennes in the recent, disasterous adaptation of The Clash of the Titans, I felt that this was almost an uninteresting choice for the role of the character.
We all know that Ralph Fiennes is incredibly capable of playing a sinister part, but what about the other, more interesting sides to Hades? By that I mean him being somewhat cheeky, greedy, and not so straightforwardly evil?
When I think of someone who could bring some humor or diversity to the part is Hugh Laurie. We've all seen him in "House" portraying an intelligent, conniving persona with ease, using his power to stay on top, despite most of his peers and acquaintances thinking little of him as a person. To me, this resonates with Hades' character, as he was often not spoken of or considered in a positive light because of his position as ruler over the dead, but still held a lot of power and respect from humans, due to his position as a God.
On the other side of the coin, however, is the idea that Hades was actually kind of sleazy in his tricking of various characters in myths. One example would be the Goddess Persephone, whom he kidnapped and, upon returning her, fooled her into eating in the underworld, thus forcing her to return to him for one three months every year. These incidences of being snakelike and possessive over the souls in the underworld makes me think that someone like Kevin Spacey would also be a perfect fit to play Hades. Now I know, you must be thinking, "Boy, this girl is obsessed with Kevin Spacey," but come on. Have you seen him in Se7en? How about The Usual Suspects? He can be quirky yet crazy with those moody eyes of his, and pulls of the skeevy-creepy-skeeve part absolutely seamlessly. Suited? Suited.
And so, as per usual, I ask what you think? Are there any other actors you might want to see portray Hades should his character ever be featured in a film again (again)?