‘The Two Popes’ Star Jonathan Pryce on How Even His Son Thinks He’s a Pope Francis Lookalike | Video

”I was never really nervous about playing a living character,“ British actor says

Was it divine intervention that led Jonathan Pryce to portray Pope Francis in “The Two Popes,” or was it just an internet meme? Pryce said he knew he might eventually play His Holiness after side-by-side comparisons posted online showed the actor’s remarkable resemblance to Francis.

“It seemed it was going to be on the cards for quite awhile,” Pryce told TheWrap’s Steve Pond at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. “The day Pope Francis was declared pope, the internet was full of images of me and him, and ‘Is Jonathan Pryce the Pope?’ Even my son texted me, ‘Dad are you the Pope?'”

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Brian Welk

Film Reporter • brian.welk@thewrap.com • Twitter: @brianwelk