Pope Francis Meets Russell Crowe, But Didn’t Watch ‘Noah’

Despite an offer for a private screening, Pope Francis has not watched Darren Aronofsky’s biblical epic Noah. He did however finally meet the director and star Russell Crowe, offering a blessing to the filmmaking team. The group was invited to an “invitation-only section of St. Peter’s Square” where they briefly met with Pope Francis and stayed to hear his message to the crowd gathered at the Vatican. For weeks, Crowe had been lobbying the pope on Twitter to watch the film, but even though that seems unlikely, Crowe was appreciative for the encounter, tweeting that it was “a privilege” to be introduced Pope Francis in person and hear him speak …

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