BFI London Film Fest

Jonathan Pryce – The Two Popes #LFF2019

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Jonathan Pryce talks to us about his role in The Two Popes opposite Anthony Hopkins in the new film from City of God director, Fernando Meirelles.

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PODCAST | Sarah Bradbury interviews Jonathan Pryce, actor of the film The Two Popes.

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Jonathan Pryce talks to us from the red carpet at the BFI London Film Festival about his role in The Two Popes opposite Anthony Hopkins in the new film from City of God director, Fernando Meirelles. He explains the close relationship the two actors had on set and how his flourishing career shows there are more roles now for actors as they grow older. Director Meirelles spoke about working with the two actors and what he wants the film to say to a contemporary audience. The screenwriter, Anthony McCarten, also stopped to speak with us about his approach to writing.

The Two Popes: Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce tussle over the future of the Catholic Church in this thrillingly cinematic two-hander from Fernando Meirelles (City of God, The Constant Gardener). Travelling from the streets of Buenos Aires to the hallowed halls of the Vatican, Jorge Bergoglio (Jonathan Pryce) has become disillusioned with the direction of the Catholic Church, even though he’s a contender for the top job. So when it’s Joseph Ratzinger (Anthony Hopkins) who gets the gig, becoming Pope Benedict XVI, Bergoglio is relieved. However, the institution faces a reckoning with itself. And when the two men are brought together for a few days over one summer, their clash of ideologies – forward-looking and progressive versus a stubborn adherence to tradition – makes for passionate debate. Terrific writing from Anthony McCarten (Bohemian Rhapsody, Darkest Hour) showcases the chemistry between Hopkins and Pryce, who relish the rich dialogue that crackles with humour. Director Fernando Mereilles’ technical bravura depicts – with rich textures – compassion, self-doubt, shame and pride as the intimate debate between these two powerful men progresses. And whatever your stakes in religion, Pryce and Hopkins are a joy to watch together on screen. Hallelujah!

  • Reporter
    Sarah Bradbury
  • Guest
    Jonathan Pryce
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    The Two Popes
  • Festival section
    Strand Gala
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