I don't know if Peter O'Toole has just gone wild with acting fever, or the desire to try for another Oscar, but he's really been exploding lately. While he's never really stopped working, he's sped things up monumentally. After Venus, which should have scored him an Oscar, he's been Samuel, the Prophet in One Night with the King, and already completed, filming or about-to-film there are Ratatouille, Stardust, The Christmas Cottage, Love and Virtue, a miniseries called Iron Road and Fenice, LA. It seems like enough to cover the next few years, right? Not quite.

He's now heading to television for his first recurring series role, to take on The Tudors -- the show and the family. Variety says that he's been cast as Pope Paul III, and he'll square off against Jonathan Rhys Meyers' Henry VIII. (There's just something about Rhys as the I-am, I-am King that makes me giggle.) The second season's storyline will follow the showdown between the controversial king and the Catholic church, as he tries to divorce Katherine of Aragon (Maria Doyle Kennedy). Showtime's Robert Greenblatt says: "Peter O'Toole is the holy grail for The Tudors. We needed someone of enormous stature to play Pope Paul III... Henry's defiance of the pope and his break with the Roman Catholic Church is one of the great turning points in the history of the world." All because the guy was ticked off about her failure to have little male heirs -- but at least her time with him didn't end in slick beheading. As for O'Toole, I don't think I'll be able to resist seeing his papal presence. How about you?
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