Morgan Freeman as God in "Bruce Almighty"Word on the street is that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg wrote a part specifically for Morgan Freeman in their star-studded end-of-the-world meta-comedy This is the End, but Freeman passed.

What was the role they wrote specifically for Freeman?

Here’s what Rogen said according to Yahoo Movies UK:

“Morgan Freeman said ‘no’. We wanted him to play God. Apparently he takes his character as God very seriously.”

Co-director Goldberg added:

“The joke was, he would appear as god, and Jay (Baruchel) would say: ‘so when we were in ‘Million Dollar Baby’, you were god?!’ and then god shows up and says ‘it’s just a joke him and Morgan Freeman have been playing on people. He should have said yes!”

Rogen added: 

“I think it’s the biggest mistake Morgan Freeman ever made!”


Maybe Freeman just didn’t think the joke was funny. Or maybe he’s over the God references with regards to his multi-decade, multi-role career.

This is the End sees Rogen, Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride play versions of themselves, who take refuge in James Franco’s house during an apocalypse.