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Jonathan Rhys Meyers wanted to become a priest

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Mar 24, 2014 | 9:10am EDT

Actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers considered joining the priesthood as a child. The Tudors hunk is set to play the sinister Father Gaunt in The Secret Scripture, an adaptation of the Sebastian Barry novel of the same name. The role was a poignant one as the Irish hunk contemplated joining the Catholic Church while growing up. He tells the London Evening Standard, "I felt I was quite isolated, and I think that's what attracted me. The monastic lifestyle is very isolated. But actually I wasn't suited to priesthood at all. It would have driven me mad."

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