LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 19: Jude Law attends the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 13th Governors Awards at Fairmont Century Plaza on November 19, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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The Young Pope's Elaborate Costumes Had Jude Law Struggling To Move
Among the many Jude Law performances, his turn as the titular character in "The Young Pope" may be up there with his very best work. Created by Paolo Sorrentino, the series features Law as Lenny Belardo, a relatively young cardinal, who is chosen as the first American pope, Pius XIII.
In order to do justice to his character in the series, Law is dressed in a variety of elaborate clothing throughout "The Young Pope." However, none of his outfits are as elaborate (or uncomfortable) as when he has to attend to his holy duties in a public scenario or privately within the confines of the church.
Talking about his struggle, Law confessed, “Physically, the most challenging was probably the first speech to the cardinals, and that was simply because the medieval papal outfit I was wearing was literally two gold-embroidered carpets, wrapped around with metal, with a giant metal crown on my head.”
According to the actor, he “could barely move” and did not know “how a 70- or 80-year-old chap does that,” if it made Law, “a quite healthy 44-year-old” uncomfortable. While his first speech to the cardinals is just the tip of the iceberg, more grand attires furnish Law with a commanding presence as the series progresses.