'The Borgias' turns Francois Arnaud into a 'vain monster'

The sentence "It's not easy being the pope's son" is one rarely used in modern times. And yet the case remains: It's a challenge.Take, for example, Cesare Borgia (Francois Arnaud) -- young, good-looking, charismatic, just looking for a little bit of love (from his sister), respect (from his weakened pop, the pope) and power (from an army that tends to be fairly fickle). It's enough to drive a man to kill his reckless brother.At least that's how things have shaped up on "The Borgias," airing Sundays on Showtime."I think it's great that you follow this well-intentioned boy -- who is seemingly innocent -- that turns into this vain monster without really realizing it," Arnaud tells Zap2it. "It's not a decision that he makes consciously."This season, after surviving a near-fatal assassination attempt, Pope Alexander VI (Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons), born Rodrigo Borgia, responds with an iron will by ruthlessly purging the Vatican of anyone who might...



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