Did The Exorcist director truly exorcise his demons? William Friedkin claims that the Catholic Church invited him to a real-life exorcism in the Vatican, Rome, which was so extreme that it shook him up. In an interview with AFP, he discussed the event:
“I was invited by the Vatican exorcist to shoot and video an actual exorcism which… few people have ever seen and which nobody has ever photographed. I am not talking about some cult, I am talking about an exorcism by the Catholic Church in Rome.
I was pretty astonished by that. I don’t think I will ever be the same having seen this astonishing thing.”
However, a representative from the Vatican denied Friedkin's allegations:
“The Vatican does not have an exorcist. People often confuse any Catholic initiative/organization/person with the Vatican. Perhaps this is the case here.”
Hmmm, William Friedkin doesn't seem like the kind to get "confused." You can get your fix of Exorcist action with the new TV series, which has many remarkable similarities to the 1973 original.
Do you believe that Friedkin attended a real-life exorcism?