While it wasn't as ambitious a meeting as Russell Crowe had in mind initially, the "Noah" actor, director Darren Aronofsky, and Paramount executive Rob Moore did manage to receive a brief meeting this morning with Pope Francis.
Deadline is reporting that the trio was hosted by the Vatican "in the official VIP section of this morning’s Udienza." That decision came after several days of heated rumors from various sources suggesting that the Vatican wasn't interested in getting wrapped up in a promotion for a Hollywood movie. Paramount, Aronofsky and Crowe were careful to stress that they were instead eager to show the Holy Father a film they believed aligns with his own Christian values.
“Pope Francis’ comments on stewardship and our responsibility to the natural world are inspirational and of the utmost importance,” Aronofsky said after the meeting. “When the opportunity to hear him speak in person on the anniversary of his first year in office I couldn’t miss the chance to listen and learn.”
Ciao Roma, my love for your eternal light just grows deeper. Thank you holy father @Pontifex for the blessing— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) March 19, 2014
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