Russell Crowe breakes rules as he shares snaps inside Sistine Chapel
‘I suppose we’re not all gladiators’: Russell Crowe leaves social media users unimpressed as he shares snaps inside the Sistine Chapel despite photography being banned
Russell Crowe left social media users unimpressed when he revealed he had taken photos inside the Sistine Chapel during a private tour.
The actor, 58, is currently in Rome filming the movie The Pope’s Exorcist and paid a visit to the Vatican during his trip where he shared several photos from inside the world-famous chapel while on a private tour.
Photography is not allowed inside the Sistine Chapel to prevent camera flashes from damaging the artwork, with some appearing to suggest Russell’s celebrity status may have been part of his flouting the rules.
Rules: Russell Crowe left social media users unimpressed when he revealed he had taken photos inside the Sistine Chapel during a private tour
Taking to Twitter, Russell shared his snaps from the tour and wrote: ‘I’m not sure there’s a more special privilege in the world than to hold the key for the Sistine Chapel and to experience it’s glory in silence.’
Discussing his trip to the Vatican in further detail, he added: ‘A very special experience as a family yesterday. Got to walk through the Vatican Museum by ourselves. Amazing.
‘My mum had walked these corridors with my father 20+ years ago with the thousands of tourist that flock here daily and make it the third most popular museum globally.
‘We were given access to rooms, perspectives and parts of the collection you don’t get to see as a regular tourist.
Snaps: The actor, 58, paid a visit to the Vatican during his trip where he shared several photos from inside the world-famous chapel where he received a private tour
‘As we squeezed into a tiny private elevator and ascended to a balcony few get to see, she squeezed my hand and said ‘I wish your father was here.
‘We stepped on to the balcony, a majestic sweeping view of Rome. From somewhere in the Vatican we could hear the Swiss Guard band rehearsing.’
Several Twitter users responded to Russell’s post, asking how he managed to get away with taking photos inside the chapel.
One wrote: ‘No photos allowed though,’ while another said: ‘You can take photos where the rest of us mere mortals aren’t allowed.’
Another added: ‘Did you get special permission to take photos at Sistine Chapel?’
One user wrote: ‘I was there last month but it was so packed and strictly no photos allowed. I suppose we are not all gladiators.’
Russell wrote: ‘I’m not sure there’s a more special privilege in the world than to hold the key for the Sistine Chapel and to experience it’s glory in silence’
Reaction: Several Twitter users responded to Russell’s post, asking how he managed to get away with taking photos inside the chapel
Russell will play a priest battling demons in the upcoming supernatural thriller The Pope’s Exorcist.
Based on Gabrielle Amorth’s published memoirs, the film will be directed by Julius Avery, who is best known for the 2018 horror film Overlord.
Russell portrays Father Gabrielle Amorth, a real-life figure who was based at the Vatican and is said to have performed 60,000 exorcisms.
His death prompted national mourning in Italy, where an estimated 500,000 people visit an exorcist each year.
‘It’s been a goal of mine to work with Russell,’ young Australian filmmaker Avery told The Hollywood Reporter.
Memories: Gladiator star Russell shared a snap on his Twitter account on Monday as he took his kids on a tour of the Colosseum which he called his ‘old office’
‘To collaborate with him on the Pope’s Exorcist is a dream come true.’
On Monday, Russell took his kids on a tour of his ‘old office’, the Colosseum in the Italian capital.
The actor, who famously starred as Maximus in Sir Ridley Scott’s iconic film Gladiator in 2000, returned to his roots two decades later with his sons in tow.
Sharing a group snap to his Twitter account, Russell posed with his girlfriend Britney Theriot, 31, and his sons Charles, 18, and Tennyson, 16, outside the ancient amphitheatre.
Blockbuster: The actor took home the Best Actor Academy Award for his role as Maximus Decimus Meridius in the Ridley Scott movie, which also won the Best Picture in 2000
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