This foreign born A- list mostly movie actor casts himself as a highly likable regular guy.
Well, one of the few times he stepped out of movies to do television he was such a nightmare that he terrorized the studio and became so difficult that he refused to let anyone—director, showrunner, writers, costars—do any external press.
The studio kowtowed to his needs even though it totally hurt the production which no one ended up watching anyway.
‘The Young Pope’ review: Jude Law’s ‘Pope’ is HBO’s odd, eccentric fever dream
Jude Law as a young, American pope in an HBO series from an Oscar-winning Italian filmmaker? What could possibly go wrong?
Everything and nothing, depending on how you look at it.
If, for example, what you’re looking for is a fever dream of Vatican visual splendor, shimmering around a Roman holiday of eccentricities like jewels on a papal crown, then this show is for you. Especially if your biggest complaint is that too many TV series look and feel the same, or seem to be treading over the same, tired, uninspired territory — well, that’s one you won’t be lodging here. Even the way this 10-episode series is airing is unusual: twice a week, like the old Batman — a series The Young Pope (Sunday, 9 ET/PT, then Sundays and Mondays, ** out of four) oddly resembles, at least in terms of visual quirkiness.
If, on the other hand, you’re looking for coherence, a sense of the spontaneity of real life, or a set of characters you believe might actually exist in Rome — or anywhere else — well, look elsewhere.
Created and directed by Oscar-winner Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty), Pope at least lets you know what you’re in for from the get-go. We’re introduced to Law’s (fictional) Pope Pius XIII, the former Lenny Belardo, as he dreams he’s crawling out from under a mountain of babies in Venice’s St. Marks Square. He puts on his papal flip-flops, heads to the shower (cue first bare-butt shot), puts on the robe hanging from a cross-shaped hook, and then drops it — giving us our second butt shot.
And all this before the opening credits. – Source