How HBO’s ‘Young Pope’ combines religion and power

It was simply an unsettling dream, we find out soon after. And a lot of the part he plays as Pope Pius is trying to understand that.” “You need to know that I will never be close to you,” he intones. Later, instead, he delivers a devastating, conservative sermon to the crowd, delivered from the shadows as if he is the Wizard of Oz, telling the shocked audience that the only thing that matters is God. “I don’t know if you deserve me.”Law admits when he took the role he knew little about the world of the Vatican and that he found Lenny complex.“I had to concentrate on who Lenny Belardo was,” says the British actor, 44. “Lenny is an orphan, and really, at his heart, he is trying to understand this sense of lack of love.
He seems to make the clouds and rain stop as he delivers what would be the most liberal speech in the history of the Catholic Church — calling for nuns to say mass, welcoming gay priests and presenting a pro-sex and masturbation stance. Peter’s Basilica waiting in the rain. While “The Young Pope” revolves around the story of an American pope named Lenny Belardo and the intrigues and power struggles within the Vatican walls, the 46-year-old Italian director had other things in mind.“Our focus is on a man who is at constant risk of having his followers pay the price for his own personal problems, of his emptiness and inferiority complex, which he masks by acting superior.”We meet Lenny, who has chosen the name Pope Pius XIII, when he is about to step out to speak to the crowd outside St.

Where: HBO. What: 10-part fictional drama about a young American elected to the highest office in the Catholic Church, starring Jude Law and directed by Paolo Sorrentino.When: Episodes 3 and 4 air 9 tonight.
A few episodes into HBO’s “The Young Pope,” the new pontiff played by Jude Law is wandering the Vatican grounds late one night when he is startled to find himself face to face with a kangaroo. The two stare at each other, and the Australian creature goes completely still in case the pope may be some kind of predator.The 10-part series — written and directed by Paolo Sorrentino — is often surprisingly surreal like that. The opening credits begins with a baby crawling over a pile of babies until the new pope crawls out of the womb made of infants in full papal dress.

He is raised by nuns — primarily Diane Keaton’s Sister Mary — in the United States and groomed for higher things.The Italian director lost both of his parents when he was 16 after a gas leak in a country house in Italy. He was educated at a Catholic school, which his father had put him into before the accident. Sorrentino, who wrote and directed all 10 episodes — says he chose Law because “he could play a man who could mix in an almost schizophrenic way a certain kind of wisdom and authority while being childish.”Lenny was orphaned by hippie parents, whom he is always trying to remember.

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