Last weekend, Mick Jagger was the host on "Saturday Night Live". He did a much better job than I expected - he was funny, self-deprecating, and totally in on the joke. Try to watch some of the sketches he did, it was pretty amazing. Anyway, he also sang with Foo Fighters and Arcade Fire, including "Sympathy for the Devil." But since this is a film blog, I thought, in his honor, I'd do my Top 5 portrayals of the devil in film. I did cheat a bit in my sympathy and included my choices for death/the grim reaper. Also, you have to remember that I don't really watch horror (or actually scary) movies, so please feel free to help me fill out the list with your choices from other genres. And in a perfect example of "great minds think alike", a similar post was done yesterday at Anomalous Material - what are the chances?!
Ray Walston in Damn Yankees! - I'm guessing no one who reads this will have seen Damn Yankees! but I don't care. Ray Walston became famous for many roles including Mr. Hand in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Damn Yankees is a 1955 Broadway musical and 1958 film about a man who can't stand that the Yankees never win. He makes a deal with the devil to become a young man again and play for the Yankees and help them win the World Series. Of course he realizes there is more to life than whether his team wins, but the devil uses a lot of wiles, including Lola, to keep the deal going.