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Pope Pourri
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Pope Pourri | Rex Harrison (Pope Julius II)
Rex Harrison (Pope Julius II)

Film: The Agony And The Ecstasy (1965)

With a reputation for being a bit prickly, Rex Harrison would probably squeeze in between Oliver Reed and Satan himself on most people's list of choices to play the Pope. But thanks to Carol Reed, play him he did and a godly fist he made of it, too. Harrison's Julius II is an urbane pope sore-vexed by bothersome painter/decorator Michelangelo (Charlton Heston), who occasionally moved him to physical violence. With his emphasis on getting the Sistine Chapel just right, he'd be perfect for these design-conscious times.

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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

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2 2 Obi Wans for the Price of 1!!!
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