Following days of conflicting reports whether
Also joining Crowe were "Noah" director
In recent weeks, Crowe has used social media to lobby for a private meeting with Francis in hopes of earning his endorsement of "Noah," the upcoming biblical epic based on the Noah's Ark story from the Book of Genesis.
The pope's blessing, if filmmakers could have secured it, would have been a big boon to "Noah," which has already met with criticism for taking liberties with the biblical account ahead of the movie's March 28 release in the U.S. But an endorsement seems unlikely. Earlier this month, a Vatican representative said the pope doesn't watch movies.
So in lieu of a private meeting, Crowe and the rest of the "Noah" delegation had to settle for a quick powwow at the udienza generale.
Afterward, Aronofsky said, "Pope Francis' comments on stewardship and our responsibility to the natural world are inspirational and of the utmost importance. When the opportunity to hear him speak in person on the anniversary of his first year in office [arose] I couldn't miss the chance to listen and learn."