Pope Francis finds a new friend in Russell Crowe after they finally get to meet
He is probably not coming round to to hang out with Russell Crowe anytime soon, but Pope Francis certainly has a fan in the actor.
After two failed attempts to meet, the 49-year-old finally got to introduce himself to the Pontiff last week at the Vatican.
The actor – who currently stars in Biblical story Noah – has originally had his invite to met the Pope knocked back at the last minute on account it would be too disruptive but the religious leader managed to find time during his general weekly audience.
Promotion trail: Russell Crowe stopped by Good Morning America on Wednesday in New York
Speaking about the meeting on Wednesday, Russell said he was very touched by the Pope’s kindness, not just to him, but also in his role as the head of the Catholic Church.
The New Zealand actor said on Good Morning America: ‘Look I’m not Catholic and I’ve never felt any connection with any previous Pope, but I like this guy.
‘I like what he says… he’s changing the tone of the way you regard the Pope and I think it is a magnificent thing. I was very privileged and humbled to be in that environment.’
New fan: The actor said he feels a connection to Pope Francis that he has not felt with other Popes
Russell – who initially reached out to the Pontiff via Twitter – said the fact the meeting finally went through was testament to who Pope Francis is.
The star said: ‘I think considering the controversy surrounding this movie, it would have been so easy for the Vatican to rescind that invitation and just let it be that way but the kindness to actually let that invitation stand though is consistent with who he has been.’
The film, in which the actor plays the title role, has already been criticised with concerns about how Hollywood will portray the Old Testament character.
New approach: Russell said he was very touched by the Pope’s kindness, not just to him, but also in his role as the head of the Catholic Church
Not impressed: The 49-year-old branded criticism of his film Noah ‘boarding on absolute stupidity’
And probably not helping the situation, the often gruff star did not beat around the bush calling criticism borderline stupidity.
‘We’ve had probably over a year now of very harsh criticism from a bunch of people who have put their name and stamp on an opinion that’s not even based on the movie or seeing the movie, just an assumption of what it could be or how bad it could be or how wrong it could be in their eyes.
‘I think quite frankly [that] is bordering on absolute stupidity, because now, I think, people are seeing the movie and they’re realizing how respectful it is and how potent it is.’
Not afraid to praise his own film – which is in theaters Friday – the star called Noah a ‘great piece of art’ as it promotes discussion.
Double billing: Jude Law also appeared on Good Morning America on Wednesday
‘You come out of this movie and you want to talk, about our stewardship of the earth, our relationship to animals, what is spirituality, who am I in this world – all these fantastic subjects for conversation.
‘Art that can do that for people is a wonderful thing.’
The actor also said he was not afraid about filling the shoes of such a revered character – as long as those shoes were not sandals.
‘[Director Darren Aronofsky] said to me ”I’ll to say the title of the film and don’t say anything and I’ll make you two promises.” He said, ”It’s Noah … and here are the two promises. Promise number one, you’ll never be required to wear sandals and promise number two, I’ll never put you on the bow of the ship flanked by a giraffe and an elephant.”’
Biblical blockbuster: Not afraid to praise his own film – which is in theaters Friday – the star called Noah a ‘great piece of art’ as it promotes discussion
Source : Daily Mail