There was a moment—probably during Contagion—when I thought to myself, "Oh, damn. Jude Law isn't the heartthrob he used to be." Perhaps it was the crazy teeth his character wore or just a longing for that era when he was starring in films like The Talented Mr. Ripley or Cold Mountain, but something had changed. Around 2011, our guy's star seemed to be fading. Then this morning, the photos happened. If you haven't seen them, they're of Law on set filming The New Pope, a limited series spin-off of The Young Pope, and he's ripped. Tan and ripped and walking through an archway of volleyballs in a speedo. Guys, pay attention. This is how you crush your mid-40s.
Law, who is 46, is returning to the series as the highly conservative Pope Pius XIII. According to the white speedo though, it seems like PP13 has had a change of heart. Besides whatever this speedo-toting persona means for The New Pope, Law deserves some serious respect. When you have a six- or seven-year film lull, come back with a highly anticipated limited series, and then reprise the role looking like the first pope to do CrossFit, you're doing something right. Is that white speedo a choice? Sure. Can't say the man's not bold, but when you have the goods to show it off, then who are we to judge?
Rival Actor: Wow, Jude, you're really thinning up top.— Joe Reid (@joereid) April 9, 2019
Jude Law: [becomes amazingly reliable and delightfully strange character actor, and then, as a lark, gets the hottest he's ever looked to play the dang Pope]
I'm going to be honest: I've only seen half an episode of The Young Pope, which I sometimes call The Good Pope because there's so much television these days that it's hard to keep it all apart. When ole Jude crawled out of that pyramid of babies, I thought, maybe this isn't for me. But if Jude can come out here and be brave enough to snatch headlines in a white speedo, then I'm brave enough to give The
Young... no, The Good... The New Adventures of Old Pope another shot.
Source: Esquire US