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'Noah' Star Russell Crowe Meets With Pope Francis Seeking Movie Endorsement

Russell Crowe, who plays the title character in the new Hollywood blockbuster “Noah,” lobbied hard for a personal audience with Pope Francis. What he got Wednesday instead was a blessing.

Crowe used social media in recent weeks to try to cajole Francis to watch “Noah,” which has drawn fire from religious groups that say the film takes too many liberties with the biblical story of Noah’s Ark and the great flood. Crowe also asked for a private audience with the pontiff.

The Vatican’s chief spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, quashed both ideas; he said Francis would not watch the film Excerpt Please Read More from the Source (click here)