Pope Francis has revealed he told actor Russell Crowe during their meeting in Vatican City Wednesday that he refuses to watch his biblical epic “Noah” until the movie star gives him back the two hours of his life he wasted last month watching Crowe’s boxoffice flop, “Winter’s Tale.” According to Pope Francis, upon hearing his demand the quick tempered Oscar-winner threw a phone at him before being restrained by Vatican Security.
“Making it through ‘Winter’s Tale’ was even harder than making it through life devoted to celibacy,” Pope Francis told Hollywood & Swine. “I told Crowe and director Darren Aronofsky the movie ‘Noah’ is a painful reminder of one of the worst disasters mankind has ever had to endure, the 2007 comedy atrocity, ‘Evan Almighty.’”
Although Pope Francis refused to watch “Noah,” he did agree to sit down with Crowe and help him pray to God for better film roles than ones he’s had with his boxoffice disappointments, “Winter’s Tale,” “Broken City,” “Next Three Days,” “The Man with the Iron Fists,” “State of Play,” “Body of Lies” and a “A Good Year.”
This isn’t the first time controversy has surrounded “Noah.” Last year, the film’s director Darren Aronofsky made headlines when he shut down production on the $160 million biblical epic after his beloved scarf went missing (Hollywood & Swine, August 2, 2012).