Jeremy Irons on Playing the Pope for 'The Borgias' & the Trouble With Wearing Pants (VIDEO)

Oscar-, Emmy-, Tony-, SAG-and Golden Globe-winning actor Jeremy Irons has always been a believable villain on stage and screen, but his first U.S. television starring role might be his most scheming of all.
In Showtime's epic new Renaissance-era series 'The Borgias' (two-hour premeire Sun., April 3, 9PM ET), Irons plays Rodrigo Borgia, the Spanish family's patriarch who rises to power in Italy and eventually becomes the head of the Catholic Church, Pope Alexander VI.

With that newfound authority, Rodrigo and his family became synonymous with scandal. The show documents their controversial reign with gorgeous scenery (shot outside of Budapest, Hungary) and period costuming -- something Irons really got used to. In fact, when I sat down with him, he was complaining about how difficult it was to go back to wearing pants after shooting. Not to mention how hard it was to not be Pope anymore ...


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