Pope Francis is played by actor Jonathan Pryce

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was crowned Pope today March 13, 2013, taking the papal name Francis in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi, and because the new pontiff was a lover of the poor.  The new Pope said, “I choose the name Francis, in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi.”  

But why do you look so glum, old chap?  Were you forced to play the role of the Pope?  Many people have noticed the lack of excitement both in your voice and your demeanor.  We know you are indebted to the studio who owns your character role.  If there is any trace of real humanity left in you, give us a sign.  As the Pope, it is your duty to uphold the loftiest ethics and sense of justice.  This is your chance to spill the beans.  Billions of people are waiting to be released from the prison of this actor-based reality.   

Bergoglio is the first Jesuit priest chosen to be pope.  He is also the first pope from the Americas, the New World, and the Southern Hemisphere. He is the first non-European pope in 1,272 years. The last non-European pope, St. Gregory III, was born in Syria and reigned from 731 to 741.

Cardinal Bergoglio became known for personal humility, doctrinal conservatism and a commitment to social justice.  A simple lifestyle contributed to his reputation for humility. He lived in a small apartment, rather than in the palatial bishop’s residence. He gave up his chauffeured limousine in favor of public transportation.  




Something Wicked This Way Comes!

Jonathan Pryce, Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) (born 1 June 1947) is a Welsh stage and film actor and singer. After studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and meeting his longtime partner English actressKate Fahy in 1974, he began his career as a stage actor in the 1970s. His work in theatre, including an award-winning performance in the title role of the Royal Court Theatre‘s Hamlet, led to several supporting roles in film and television. He made his breakthrough screen performance in Terry Gilliam‘s 1985 cult film Brazil.

Critically recognized as a true acting talent, Pryce has participated in big-budget films such as Evita, Tomorrow Never Dies, Pirates of the Caribbean and The New World, as well as independent films such as Glengarry Glen Ross and Carrington. His career in theatre has also been prolific, and he has won two Tony Awards—the first in 1977 for his Broadway debut in Comedians, the second for his 1991 role as “The Engineer” in the musical Miss Saigon.  

Pryce starred with Madonna and Antonio Banderas in his first musical film, Evita. In this Oscar-winning adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s stage musical, Pryce portrayed the Argentinian president Juan Perón. 

The movie’s soundtrack was an international success. It contains over 30 songs sung mainly by Madonna, Banderas and Pryce, of which two are solos for Pryce: “She Is A Diamond” and “On The Balcony Of The Casa Rosada”. After Evita, Pryce went on to portray Elliot Carver in the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies. During the rest of the decade Pryce would play to his new acquired fame as a villain, portraying an assassin in Ronin, a corrupt Cardinal in the controversial Stigmata and, for Comic Relief, the Master in the Doctor Who special, Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death. About this time Pryce sang at The Hollywood Bowl alongside opera singer Lesley Garrett in highlights from My Fair Lady and in 1998, he performed in Cameron Mackintosh‘s gala concert Hey, Mr Producer!, also as Professor Henry Higgins from My Fair Lady and reprising his role as the Engineer from Miss Saigon.

In 1983, Pryce played the role of the sinister Mr. Dark in Something Wicked This Way Comes, based on the Ray Bradbury novel of the same title. After appearing mostly in TV films, such as the Ian McEwan-scripted The Ploughman’s Lunch, and Martin Luther, Heretic, he achieved a breakthrough with his role as the subdued protagonist Sam Lowry in Terry Gilliam‘s 1985 film, Brazil. The film, set in a world similar to the one depicted in Orwell‘s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, was acclaimed in Europe and won two BAFTA Film Awards. The movie was also well received in the United States and won three awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and two Academy Award nominations. Brazil has since become a cult film, and is still frequently mentioned in “best film” lists and rankings, such as Time magazine’s list of the 100 best films of all time and Total Film magazine’s 2004 list of the 20 greatest British movies of all time (which Brazil topped).  The film was described by Harlan Ellison as “the finest SF movie ever made”…


11 thoughts on “Pope Francis is played by actor Jonathan Pryce

  1. They are a very good match. Notice the slight difference of angle between the two head-shots. This would account for any apparent slight difference in the anti-tragus. And why the hostility?

  2. I think the only ones I'm convinced of so far are Sean Connery as Ayatollah Khomeni and Will Ferrell as the drummer for RHCP. Those both had supporting evidence. Khomeni had an otherwise inexplicable Scottish accent. The RHCP drummer acts just like Will Ferrell.Although I'm not convinced, I thought Robert Blake as Benedict XVI was within the realm of believability. Jonathan Pryce as Francis I, I do not see.I wish I'd known 20 years ago that studying acting could land a person a gig as President, Pope or NFL Quarterback. Silly me, I thought actors only made movies.

  3. Studying acting alone doesn't, you must be part of the Family. You can't pick and choose which expositions you choose to believe in. Silly you indeed. If even one of them is true, then we have a serious problem, don't we?

  4. There does appear to be inter-related families that run the show, but I don't think you have to be related to get a gig. Actors want work, and there will always be more actors than roles, and they will do whatever work they can get. A gig is a gig as they say in the business. Given a choice almost anybody would choose being rich and famous over hanging drywall for 15 dollars an hour. Those families run the media so even if an actor was dumb enough to commit career suicide, their claims wouldn't be broadcast. Sure, they try to promote within they family as much as possible, and do get most of the juicy parts, but if they need to hire out they will.

  5. TRUST me , these ears are 100% match , you need to understand they photoshop ears,noses to try to fool you, these ears are very unique large ears, they are 1 of the same person, look at the forehead ,,some birthmarks weren't covered up & are identical also, this is a match!

  6. I think you have to be a career army/alphabet agency type spook to get a gig,with a fat pension at risk if you spill your guts, the army is not out at the camp polishing their boots like Gomer Pyle, they are on our streets in plain clothes, by the hundreds of thousands. This pope thing looks like a good catch, as well as the Robert Blake one ; with the cowboy hats, omg, so funny !

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