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Pope Pourri
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Pope Pourri | Max von Sydow (Pope Clement VII)
Max von Sydow (Pope Clement VII)

Film: A Violent Life (1990)

Leaping from Bergman to churchman, the towering von Sydow was a strong papal pick. Von Sydow looked the part, had a religious background (he'd played Jesus) and was also the Exorcist. The Swede played Clement VII, a worldly, wily Pope who had the bad luck (or bad politics) to be in charge when disgruntled soldiers of the Holy Roman Empire sacked Rome in 1527. Unless Angela Merkel really loses her cool, this is unlikely to happen again.

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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

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

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3 EuroTrip Pope?
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Posted by Troutmaster on Tuesday February 12, 2013, 18:06


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