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Walken says being new Pope will be "challenging"
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17 November 2006
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Walken's election as Pope came as a surprise this week to the actor, as well as much of the rest of the world.
"I didn't even know I'd been nominated, frankly," said Walken. "So when I got the news, you can imagine it was pretty overwhelming."
The swift, unexpected and surprisingly unpublicized death of Pope Benedict XIV on Thursday, and the new on-line voting procedures adopted by the Council of Bishops accelerated the normally lengthy selection procedure, catching many people off-guard.
Walken, who has portrayed such religious characters as the archangel Gabriel in the "Prophecy" movie trilogy, and "The Pope of Greenwich Village," had apparently been on a pre-approved "short list" of papal candidates.
"I get this call, and naturally I immediately think somebody's yanking me," Walken explained. "But after talking to them a while, it turns out to be the real deal, and the next thing I know they're flying me to the Vatican and measuring me for the robe."
Though thoroughly unprepared for the job, Walken is confident he'll quickly master the nuances and soon be a functioning Pope.