‘Noah’ Delegation Meets Pope at Vatican General Audience

Darren Aronofsky and Russell Crowe attends
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ROME — Darren Aronofsky, Russell Crowe and a delegation from the film “Noah” met with Pope Francis this morning during the general audience at the Vatican. The delegation included Paramount Pictures vice chairman Rob Moore.

The meeting was confirmed by a spokeswoman for Universal, which will release “Noah” on April 10 in Italy.

The creative team behind “Noah” had requested to meet Pope Francis privately, but that request was denied, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told newspaper La Stampa.

Papal general audiences are held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays in St. Peter’s Square. 

Variety had previously reported that Pope Francis had nixed a proposed meet and greet with the creative team behind “Noah” tentatively on the calendar for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in the VIP section. The “Noah” team instead attended the pope’s regular general audience, which is open to the public. “They are in St. Peter’s now,” the Universal spokeswoman said in an email sent at 11:35 a.m.

Asked for more details of the encounter during the general audience, she said the Vatican had asked for these not to be disclosed. The general audience was attended by thousands of people. The pope greeted the crowd slowly cruising around the square in an open air jeep, often stopping to say a few words.

When reached by Variety last week, Aronofsky said the meeting had been proposed, but it wouldn’t happen if anybody reported or tweeted about it ahead of time.

“Ciao Roma, my love for your eternal light just grows deeper. Thank you holy father @Pontifex for the blessing,” Crowe tweeted after the Audience. Crowe also tweeted pictures of the Udienza.

“Noah,” scheduled for U.S. release on March 28, has been criticized by some religious groups for taking too many liberties with the story of Noah’s Ark.

(Pictured: Darren Aronofsky and Russell Crowe attends Pope Francis’ weekly audience at the Vatican.)

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  1. Dee says:

    Nicki Viverelli! Saw this article with your name and face!!! Great surprise. Dee

  2. Dmk says:

    Taking too many liberties? What a joke. Only a simpleton would believe the story of Noah. That whole book is fiction anyway.

  3. Beat Me Up says:


  4. Julienne says:

    It looks amazing. Personally, I don’t care who likes it, or who doesn’t like it. I like most films that most Film critics DON’T like, just beacause film critics are ususally wrong…because they don’t get the nuances of a story. Film critics are nothing more than failed film-makers, 99 times out of a 100.

  5. C E Williams says:

    I plan to see it and I give the production team and Russell Crowe credit for making the attempt to get the Pope’s blessing. After all how many films of faith of BIG budget come out of Hollywood? I enjoy watching the old religious films on my Kindle Fire and You Tube and would watch as many as Hollywood or other film studios make available.

    • Beat Me Up says:

      Attention, attention!!! Calling Roger Ebert!!!! Actually didn’t he write Valley of the Dolls and some other Russ Meyer un-watchable rubbish.

  6. Mark Rimmell says:

    What a disgrace film people can be …This is purely a public relations excercise with no religious content at all..I for one will not be watching this film…

    • tommyflorida says:

      How do you know the religion of Crowe, cast and crew? NOAH is not Church nor sold as such. As a Catholic, I find this visit refreshing and hopeful. Lord knows, a mans heart can change and I can point to better uses of the word “disgraceful”. See you at the movies.

  7. RL says:

    Funny that not one of the trailers I have seen of Noah mention God in them.

    • Beat Me Up says:

      Guess all we can do is pray for their soul then.

    • roraw says:


      • Melvin Stephens says:

        Interesting how each generation there are those who refer to Hollywood as ‘godless.’ Individuals who do not like christians and produce films denying god…then why has there never, ever been such a film made? And why…are “Hollywood” producers forever prostrating themselves before Rome seeking approval? Would love to see any film questioning bible stories…not going to happen…

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