Susan Sarandon Calls the Pope a "Nazi"

Entertainment Oct. 17, 2011 AT 2:49PM
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Holy moly.

Susan Sarandon is apparently not a fan of Pope Benedict XVI.

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During an onstage Saturday interview (for the Hamptons Film Festival) with fellow actor Bob Balaban at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, New York, the 63-year-old actress and outspoken activist slammed the current head of the Catholic Church, calling him a "nazi."

Newsday reports that the insult came during a discussion of Dead Man Walking, the 1995 film in which she starred as real-life Sister Helen Prejean. Sarandon told Balaban she sent a copy of Prejean's original book (which advocates against the death penalty) to the Pope.

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"The last one," Sarandon clarified, "not this Nazi one we have now."

German-born Pope Benedict XVI, 84, succeeded Pope John Paul II in 2005, days after the latter's death and a 26-year reign at the Vatican.

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After Recount actor Balaban, 66, gently chided Sarandon's jab, she apparenty repeated her remark, according to Newsday.

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