Russell Crowe to Pope: Please watch my film

Rusty as Noah

Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe has been lobbying to get Pope Francis to agree to watch his new biblical adventure story, Noah. But there is little sign that the spiritual leader of the world's Catholics will comply, reports the Hollywood Reporter.

Religious audiences have been split in their views on the megabudget  production, which will hit cinemas in the US on March 28 and come to Italy two weeks later. Paramount Pictures says that more than four out of five religious moviegoers say they are interested in seeing the film, but some Christian groups say it strays too far from the biblical story in an effort to make it more palatable for the big screen.

Crowe used social media in his lobby effort, tweeting to the Pope that the film's message is 'powerful, fascinating, resonant' and, in another message, calling on his 1.37 million Twitter followers to use their own tweets to cajole Francis into watching the film.

The Vatican did not directly respond to Crowe's lobbying efforts, but Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi SJ, when asked if the Pontiff would see Stephen Frears' Oscar-nominated Philomena - which is critical of the Church's one-time handling of children born to single mothers - said the Pope does not watch films.

FULL STORY Russell Crowe lobbies Pope Francis to See Noah (Hollywood Reporter)

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