Jude Law spot­ted in SA

CityPress - - News - BIÉNNE HUIS­MAN bi­enne.huis­man@city­press.co.za

Hol­ly­wood star Jude Law slipped into South Africa this week to shoot a tele­vi­sion se­ries called The Young Pope, in which he plays the “com­plex and con­flicted” char­ac­ter Pope Pius XIII.

Law ditched his preppy suits for a white pa­pal robe, pec­toral cross and skull cap, up­dat­ing his look with a pair of Ray-Ban Way­farer sun­glasses be­tween shoots in the Mother City. He also wore cherry red loafers and a tas­selled sash around his waist. The 42-year-old ac­tor ar­rived in Cape Town on Mon­day, where it is be­lieved he stayed at the five-star Mount Nel­son ho­tel in the city cen­tre.

Film­ing on the eight-part se­ries started on Tues­day un­der Ital­ian di­rec­tor and screen­writer Paolo Sor­rentino, whose 2013 movie The Great Beauty won the Os­car for Best For­eign Lan­guage Film last year. Ac­tress Diane Keaton stars as Sis­ter Mary, an Amer­i­can nun liv­ing in Vat­i­can City. A film crew mem­ber, who spoke to City Press on con­di­tion of anonymity, said Law’s con­sid­er­able pro­duc­tion en­tourage in Cape Town in­cluded an Ital­ian di­alect coach.

Pamela Daw­son of Cape Town cast­ing com­pany The Go 2 Guy con­firmed that they sup­plied lo­cal ex­tras who joined Law on set this week.

At the Rome Film Fes­ti­val in Oc­to­ber, Law re­vealed some de­tails about the se­ries, which will be re­leased on Sky, HBO and Canal+ next year.

“I men­tioned to ev­ery­one that I would love to work with this man [Sor­rentino]. So I had this script sent to me ... I’ve been here since Au­gust, film­ing mostly in and around the cen­tre of Rome. It is go­ing very well,” he told Hol­ly­wood Re­porter. He said the robe was slightly un­com­fort­able. “I can only sit on a very un­com­fort­able stool be­cause they do not want my pa­pal robes to get creased. I have to hitch them up and put them over the stool and perch. So once I put the robes on, I usu­ally spend the day, 14 hours, what­ever, un­able to sit. So I look great, but I’m very un­com­fort­able.”

Film­ing was done mostly in Italy with a few fi­nal scenes be­ing shot in Cape Town this week.

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