Alanis Talks About Playing God For Kevin Smith

Contrary to popular belief, angst rocker Alanis Morissette actually likes to have fun every now and then -- and on the set of her new movie "Dogma" she did just that.

The Canadian singer/songwriter plays God in an upcoming comedic Kevin Smith movie that also stars Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Chris Rock, Salma Hayek, and Smith himself.

Though Morissette didn't really jump at the chance to flex her acting muscles when first offered the part at the end of her "Jagged Little Pill" tour in 1997, she later rethought the idea of playing God and gave it a go.

"I had spoken to Kevin when I got off the road about the movie," Morissette told MTV News this week in explaining why she's glad she took the part. "I read his script and I thought it was really brilliant. I think he's totally brilliant and I had just gotten off of the road, like I said, so I was really tired and I don't think I was up for

it. And upon rejuvenating a year later, I was talking to him and he said, 'If you're up for it, come on down,' and I was and it was really simple. Really, I felt very inspired in that environment. Very safe. It's gonna be great." [28.8 RealVideo]

The move turned out to be a freeing one for Morissette, who has acted in the past, but has devoted much of her energy to her music as of late.

"It was quite funny for me. It enabled me to tap into something, tap into a part of me that I haven't been able to," Morissette said. "My music, a lot of times, tends to be quite serious, but there's a part of me that's not serious at all. So, I love tapping into that and I might at some point with my music. I think I do with my music to a certain extent, but in this case, I was able to tap into that with Kevin. He's extremely funny."

Smith, the film's writer and director, is best known for such films as "Clerks," "Mallrats," and "Chasing Amy." "Dogma," an updated version

of the Bible, is expected to be shown at the Cannes Film Festival in May and open nationwide in October of 1999 via Miramax Films.