Cheers to The Borgias for bringing Derek Jacobi back where he belongs: in a steamy Roman period piece.
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The magnificent British actor first made his name with American audiences as the titular stuttering Roman emperor in the gleefully hedonistic '70s miniseries I, Claudius
. Since then, he's appeared in myriad period pieces, including as the archbishop in another tale of a stammerer,
The King's Speech
, a Roman senator in another Oscar winner, Gladiator
, and the crimesolving monk in PBS' Mystery!
.In the premiere of Showtime's sumptuous Renaissance epic, Jacobi again played a man of the cloth — Cardinal Orsini, an ambitious cleric who's double-crossed by Jeremy Irons' ruthless Pope Rodrigo — and poisoned by the pontiff's equally ambitious son, Cesare (Francois Arnaud). It's too bad Jacobi couldn't stick around for more episodes, but at least he got a hell of a death scene.Were you happy to see Derek Jacobi return to Rome?
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