Off with their heads!

By JON GARELICK  |  April 15, 2008

Still, you have to give the producers credit for making the most of actors like Northam and O’Toole. When a fey, long-haired, bearded character in a smock emerges in a snit from the Sistine Chapel snorting to an apprentice in subtitled Italian, “Not like that, asshole! Moses looks like a piece of crap!”, you know the scene’s sole purpose is to let O’Toole identify the weirdo with wry, actorly reverence, the syllables slowly resonating on his palate: “Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni.” “Ah,” exclaims the pope’s witless assistant. “Bellissimo!”

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