BY CINDY WOODEN
POLISH CARDINAL Stanislaw Dziwisz's book about Pope John Paul II and his 39 years as the Pope's personal secretary is being made into a three-part television mini-series and film simultaneously.
A Life With Karol, which begins with the day Polish Archbishop Karol Wojtyla of Krakow, the future pope, asked then-Fr Dziwisz to be his secretary, will be narrated by both the cardinal and British actor Michael York.
Producer Przemyslaw Hauser said he has 16 hours of taped interviews with the cardinal, now Archbishop of Krakow, and was shooting on location in Gdansk, Poland. as well as at the Vatican.
"The idea is that we wanted to know more about John Paul II, which we got from the cardinal's book, but in the interviews he told us many more things," Mr Hauser said.
Despite a standard Vatican prohibition against allowing commercial projects to film inside the Vatican, the crew of A Life With Karol received permits to film in St Peter's Square and in the Sistine Chapel. Taking a break in the square last week Mr York, who played Basil Exposition in the three Austin Powers movies, said: "Whether you are Catholic or not, you certainly are aware that Karol WojtyLa was remarkable. Reading the cardinal's book made me realise how remarkable he was."