Hristo Shopov

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Hristo Shopov
Born (1964-01-04) 4 January 1964 (age 53)
Sofia, Bulgaria
Nationality Bulgarian
Occupation Actor

Hristo Naumov Shopov (Bulgarian: Христо Наумов Шопов) (born 4 January 1964 in Sofia) is a Bulgarian actor. Shopov's father, Naum Shopov, was a famous Bulgarian actor as well.

He is most noted for his 2004 portrayal of Pontius Pilate in Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ. Shopov revived his role as Pilate in the 2006 film The Inquiry. His dual roles as Pilate make him, along with Frank Thring, one of two actors to twice portray a character directly responsible for authorizing the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. He has become one of Bulgaria's most successful actors, making his debut in 1981 with Dishay, choveche (Breathe, Little Man!). His body of work includes many Bulgarian films such as Vchera (Yesterday) and Sledvay me (Follow Me). He has also appeared in several low-budget US film productions including Phantom Force, Target of Opportunity and Alien Hunter. In his homeland, he is best known for his role in the movie Vchera, which became a symbol of several generations. The movie tells the story of young Bulgarian people studying in an English college during Communist rule.

Mary Soan, an assistant director of the film I Am David, suggested that he would be suited for the role of Pilate to Shaila Rubin, who was casting the film. After Hristo and Gibson had a brief conversation, Hristo was given the part. Shopov also played the role of Pontius Pilate in the 2006 film The Inquiry, which also cast Max von Sydow as Emperor Tiberius.

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1988 Vchera Ivan
1989 Margarit and Margarita Margarit
2000 Death, Deceit and Destiny Aboard the Orient Express Chief du Train
2001 The Grey Zone Halivni
2002 Pythons 2 Doctor
Interceptor Force 2 General Gorschkov
2003 Dragon Fighter Capt. Sergei Petrov
2004 Raptor Island Quinn
The Passion of the Christ Pontius Pilatus
2006 The Inquiry Pontius Pilatus
2007 The Lark Farm Isman
2009 Barbarossa Rinaldo di Dassel
Command Performance President Alexei Petrov
2010 Undisputed III: Redemption Warden Kuss
2011 Filip Bogatev
Operation Shmenti Capelli Lyubev
2012 Barabbas Kedar
2015 Karbala Getow

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