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Crowe and Noah film-makers attend papal audience

Published on Mar 20, 2014 6:53 AM
New Zealand-born Australian actor Russell Crowe attends a press conference on the biblical epic film "Noah" in Moscow, on March 17, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

ROME (AFP) - Hollywood's Russell Crowe, star of the big budget biblical epic Noah, attended Pope Francis's general audience in St. Peter's Square on Wednesday, but did not get the pontiff to agree to a screening of the film.

The actor famed for playing a Roman gladiator in Ridley Scott's 2000 film tweeted pictures of himself at the audience with the makers of the blockbuster, appearing pleased to be back in "a city where they treat me like a prodigal son".

"Ciao Roma, my love for your eternal light just grows deeper. Thank you holy father for the blessing," he said on Twitter.

Paramount, the studios behind the film, had reportedly been hoping to arrange a screening of the film and private audience for the makers with the Pope, but Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said he had no knowledge of the request.

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