Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe To Empire!
Get 12 issues from just £25
Must-Have Movie Collectibles
Bid on some classic memorabilia
Feature
Pope Pourri
Movie pontiffs ready to fill the breach

submit to reddit

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...

WORDS PHIL DE SEMLYEN
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
  1 of 8 Next
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.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
 
1 of 8
Next

Have Your Say
Register or login now to let us know what you think.

Your Comments

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


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Colin Firth And Taron Egerton Talk Kingsman: The Secret Service
Plus Samuel L. Jackson on bad-guy duties

A Brief History Of The Ring
Everything you need to know about the J-horror reboot

The X-Men TV Series: 10 Possible Plotlines
Mutants on a budget? We suggest some ideas for Fox’s new franchise extension

10 Kid-Friendly Marvel Comics That Could Be The Next Big Hero 6
Walt Disney Animation Studios have a lot to play with elsewhere in the Marvelverse

20 Sitcom Spin-Offs That Were Doomed To Fail
From Joey to Ally and back again…

Five Impressive Oscar Isaac Roles You Didn't Realise Were Oscar Isaac
Welcome to Oscar season...

12 Hitchcock Remakes Ranked From Best To Worst
Lifeboat in space, anyone?

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)