Crowe took to Twitter to share photos from his visit to the holy site, writing, "What a privilege, attended the Udienza with the holy father @Pontifex."
It had been previously reported The Vatican cancelled the meeting between the filmmakers and the head of the Catholic Church, fearing a public spectacle. It now appears that "cancellation" may have been a ploy to keep prying eyes away from the brief meeting. Only yesterday Paramount told the Hollywood Reporter, "A meeting was never scheduled."
Back stage at the Vatican pic.twitter.com/8s0mMa6wMV— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) March 19, 2014
CBS News now confirms there was a meet-and-greet between the Noah crew and Pope Francis, and director Aronofsky said in a statement, "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 I couldn't miss the chance to listen and learn."
The film is set to hit theaters March 28.