PopeWatch: Antonio Banderas


Hmmm, a forthcoming movie about Pope Francis may star Antonio Banderas as the Pope;



ROME (RNS) Spanish heartthrob Antonio Banderas may be cast in the role of Pope Francis in the first feature film to be made on the life of the Argentine pontiff.

Italian director Daniele Luchetti plans to make the $12 million Spanish language film, titled “Call Me Francesco,” with producer Pietro Valsecchi, who has made some of Italy’s highest-grossing movies.

Valsecchi’s Rome-based production house, Taodue Film, confirmed the news Wednesday (May 14), and a spokeswoman said the company was looking to shoot the film in various locations, including Argentina and Italy.

Banderas is one of the top Spanish-speaking actors being considered to play the lead role, she told Religion News Service.

The film is based on the best-selling book “Francisco: El Papa de la gente” (or “Francis: The people’s pope”) by Evangelina Himitian, a journalist with the Buenos Aires newspaper La Nacion.

Casting is still being finalized but pre-production is well underway, the company spokeswoman said.

Go here to Religion News Service to read the rest.  PopeWatch assumes that Banderas, if he gets the role, would be the first actor to play both Che Guevara and a Pope.  Let’s see the similarities:  both Pope Francis and Che called Argentina home;  both received adulatory press coverage; and both have had their images placed on t-shirts.  Perhaps we can hope for a musical with a singing and dancing Pope Francis!



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  1. Pope Francis has only himself to blame for this. The movie would be more accurately titled “The Sloppy Anti-American Semi-Pope”.

  2. Banderas played Zorro too. I think Pope Francis would look dashing in a mask and cape, flashing a sword, and riding a sleek, black horse. It would do much to improve his image.

  3. Senor Banderas, he speakie Spanish.

    Pat O’Brien and Spencer Tracy not only don’t speak Spanish, they are unavailable.

  4. Mary De Voe, Pope Francis is a true believer. He will gladly give up his wealth – whatever he may personally have which I doubt is all that much – in a public display of piety and concern for the poor that every liberal news media outlet will pick up on and laud him for.

    I get very nervous by these public displays of piety. Very ostentatious in their own way. Pope Benedict was every bit as pious, but you wouldn’t know it from the news media.

  5. Zorro’s trademark “Z” was a smooth one with the sword’s point; the “F” would be quite jagged and interrupted, much like Pope Francis’ first year as pope.

  6. I am a bit ‘confused’. Pope Francis is a ‘re-distributionist’? Do you mean “Distributionist”? If so, he certainly is in continuity with Leo XIII’s Rerum Novarum, Pope Pius XI’s Quadragessimo Anno, St John Paul ‘s Centissimus Annus and Pope Benedict’s Caritas in Veritate

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