Actor Who Played Hitler — and Spawned Internet Parody Videos — Lands New Role as Pope

March 18, 2013  •  Post A Comment

Showtime’s ‘The Vatican" has cast an actor whose portrayal of Hitler spawned dozens of Internet spoofs. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that Bruno Ganz will play Pope Sixtus VI in the project.

Ganz starred as Adolf Hitler in "Downfall," earning awards in Europe and spawning dozens of YouTube videos that re-edited a “Hitler rants” scene with different subtitles to make fun of various events.

"The Vatican" is a thriller about a pope with a German background, who is said to be unassuming and introspective and struggling with his own legacy, the story says. Paul Attanasio of "House" wrote the script, while Ridley Scott of "Prometheus" will direct the pilot, marking his first TV pilot, the story says.

Here’s an example of the “Hitler rants” parodies:

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