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IGN: The Young Pope Series Premiere Review

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Jude Law plays the pope in HBO's new drama (it debuted overseas this past fall) but get this - he's not just a regular pope. He's a YOUNG pope. Thank goodness HBO made that clear with a very self-explanatory title, The Young Pope. He's a pope, but he's young. Get it?

Okay, so he's not that young. The 44-year-old actor is actually older than many popes throughout history (the youngest was just 18 when he served), but in the past several centuries the pontiff has been well into his 50s and moveon when he first began his papacy. Law plays Pope Pius XIII, f.k.a. Lenny Belardo, a bad boy Catholic who smokes, apparently tans (he's rocking a sun-baked Cheeto-esque skin tone), drinks Cherry Coke Zero for breakfast, is American (gasp!) and will stop at nothing to gain as much power as possible in his position atop the Catholic church.

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