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Pope Pourri
Movie pontiffs ready to fill the breach

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With Pope Benedict XVI stepping down at the end of the month, the Catholic Church needs someone - probably a man, we're guessing - to fill in. As usual, the movies have the answer. Well, an answer. We've revisited Hollywood's choices of Fathers to see what, if anything, the holy honchos can glean that might help their decision-making choices. And, holy moley, have there been some strange selections.Pontiff-icate on these...

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Pope Pourri | Ringo Starr (The Pope)
Ringo Starr (The Pope)

Film: Lisztomania (1975)

If Ken Russell were a deranged Bond villain instead of a deranged movie director, he couldn't have concocted a more fiendish scheme for destabilising the world than making Ringo Starr pope. The thought of a billion Catholics trying to decipher a Christmas message delivered by Toby the Tram Engine is mindbending. That said, a pope train would be fun.

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1 RE: 2 Obi Wans for the Price of 1!!!
L: sirvolkar Surely Ewan McGregor's skydiving pope from Angels & Demons deserves mention here? e would if he was actually pope at any point in the film, which he isn't. Nice compilation. Is 'flowerier' a real word?? More

Posted by Cloud Cuckoo on Thursday February 14, 2013, 00:17

2 2 Obi Wans for the Price of 1!!!
Surely Ewan McGregor's skydiving pope from Angels & Demons deserves mention here? More

Posted by sirvolkar on Tuesday February 12, 2013, 23:16

3 EuroTrip Pope?
What about Scott Mechlowicz in Eurotrip? More

Posted by Troutmaster on Tuesday February 12, 2013, 18:06


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