Pope John Paul II has told an actor who is portraying him in a television drama about his life that he is "crazy".
Pope John Paul II met the actor who is going to portray him
Polish actor Piotr Adamczyk had an audience with the 84-year-old Pontiff when he made the admission.
"You're crazy to make a film about me. What did I ever do?" he said.
The actor admitted to being lost for words when he met the pontiff.
The new two-part film is being made especially for Italian television.
"I felt like a seven-year-old child", said Adamczyk, recalling the time when he first saw the Pope on an early visit to his Polish homeland.
"When I learned that the Pope would receive me I was very moved, but at the same time worried, what would I have to say to him?" said the actor.
The film, Karol Wojtyla: The Story Of A Man Who Became Pope, will be shown in two parts on Italian TV next year.
The 10m Euro (£7m) project has been largely financed Mediaset, a company owned by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
The film begins in Poland with the Pope as a 10-year-old boy, and culminates with his election in 1978.